Cancer Research UK sets out measures to ensure that UK medical research flourishes

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5907
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Increasing the range of research funders, a supportive infrastructure, and a simpler regulatory system are among the recommendations of Cancer Research UK to encourage innovative medical research in the United Kingdom.

The charity’s report, published on 14 September, urges the government to develop a clear vision in its strategy for research and innovation, which its recent white paper on higher education announced would be set out by the end of the year.

To inform this strategy Cancer Research UK details the components it considers essential to help world class medical research continue in the UK. Its recommendations are based on interviews with 30 cancer researchers funded by the charity and experts in research funding and strategy.

“We hope that in this tight financial climate the strategy will show investors, including charities, industry, and international funders, …

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