Foreign experts to assess INSERM

French investigators outraged as English and German scientists help to evaluate projects

Jane Burgermeister(janeburgermeister@yahoo.co.uk)
Jun 2, 2005

British and German scientists are to be included for the first time ever on a key scientific board of INSERM—France's Institute of Health and Medical Research—next month. The break with tradition has ruffled the feathers of some researchers who feel the move has been thrust upon them.

Eight experts from the United Kingdom and Germany will be sitting alongside 30 French scientists when INSERM's scientific board meets on June 21 to select projects to be funded for the next 4 years. In another radical break with established practice, English will be the language of some of the sessions, although a translator will be available.

Stephanie Lux, INSERM director of communications, said that including scientists from the United Kingdom and Germany in the evaluation process was designed to increase transparency and boost the quality of scientific research.

Four of the scientists will come from the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council...

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