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Research on a shoestring in Colombia

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:832
  1. Rafael Vasquez, professor (
  1. Departmento de Psiquiatria, Facultad de Medicina Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Hospital Pediatrico La Misericordia, Bogota, Colombia

    EDITOR—Medical research in Colombia is a joint effort between two sectors: education and health. These two sectors, however, have low budgets that continue to be reduced, which is reflected in the number of research projects. In Colombia most medical research is carried out within the universities, but, although 70% of university education is privately run, most of the research is government funded. Thus closures of public universities and hospitals and cut backs in their budgets …

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