Q&A: From the lab to the clinic

A reevaluation of research goals in government-funded science is needed to achieve better healthcare for US citizens, according to one science policy researcher

Hannah Waters
Mar 29, 2011
It's a rather perplexing quandary for the United States: Despite spending 16 percent of its gross domestic product and more than $7,000 per person on healthcare --2.5 times the average of the 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) -- the average lifespan of US citizens ranked 24th in the OECD in 2007.
Michael Crow
Image: Arizona State University
With an annual budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of more than $30 billion, the problem is not that the amount invested in medical research, said linkurl:Michael Crow,;http://president.asu.edu/about/michaelcrow the president of Arizona State University and founder of its Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes, but how it is used. The Scientist spoke with Crow, who wrote a linkurl:commentary;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v471/n7340/full/471569a.html on this topic published today (March 30) in Nature, about how he thinks researchers and public funding agencies need to reevaluate their research goals to...
The ScientistMichael CrowTSMCTSMCTSMCM.M. Crow, "Time to Rethink the NIH," Nature, 471:569-71, 2011. DOI: linkurl:10.1038/471569a;http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v471/n7340/full/471569a.html





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