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Collaboration between academia and industry is key to UK research success

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1970
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

“We now have the technology to take on the really big questions,” Susan Greenfield, professor of synaptic pharmacology at the University of Oxford, has told a London meeting on the future of research in the United Kingdom.

Held on 24 March by the Westminster Education Forum, the meeting was intended to explore the value of research to the UK economy and to consider how that value could be boosted. But in her keynote speech Professor Greenfield also pointed to obstacles that still need to be negotiated. These were not all technical in nature, she said, but were more often “people problems.”

The big questions she …

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