What should NIH peer review look like?

Lawrence Tabak, who is spearheading the NIH's review of peer review, has read every single one of the thousands of responses submitted to the NIH last year, after the agency asked the biomedical community to weigh in on how it should linkurl:improve;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54100/ peer review. Last month, I sat down with him to talk about what he plans to do with this information. For starters, the "village vote" won't work, linkurl:Tabak;http://intramural.nidd

Alison McCook
Jan 17, 2008
Lawrence Tabak, who is spearheading the NIH's review of peer review, has read every single one of the thousands of responses submitted to the NIH last year, after the agency asked the biomedical community to weigh in on how it should linkurl:improve;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/54100/ peer review. Last month, I sat down with him to talk about what he plans to do with this information. For starters, the "village vote" won't work, linkurl:Tabak;http://intramural.niddk.nih.gov/research/faculty.asp?People_ID=1560 said. "The fact that most people raised their hand about something doesn't mean that it's something that will have the most impact," he said. The NIH received more than 2,000 responses, some in the form of a statement from an institution or professional organization, each representing thousands of researchers. For now, the agency is sifting through the recommendations and will submit a list of key suggestions to NIH director Elias Zerhouni at the end of February. Tabak has some favorites:...

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