MRC head to step down

Colin Blakemore decides not to apply for a second term at the agency, currently in the midst of major reforms

Stephen Pincock
Mar 7, 2007
Colin Blakemore, the chief executive of Britain's Medical Research Council, will be stepping down from the post in September at the end of his four-year term.The 62-year-old neuroscientist said he had always anticipated leaving the research funding body in new hands after one term. "I always felt that if I was going to have a chance to do something significant after the MRC that four years would be long enough," he told The Scientist. "Also, this is a pretty demanding job," he added. "I think four years is a pretty good period of time."The news of Blakemore's stepping down was first reported in Nature.Last year, the UK government began reforming medical research funding, creating an umbrella structure to oversee both the MRC and research within the National Health Service. One of the aims of the reform was to focus more attention on translational research."This is a...

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