Reorganizing the National Institutes of Health

A Review of an Important National Research Council-Institute of Medicine Report to Revitalize the NIH

Published in: Health Affairs, v. 23, no. 1, Jan./Feb. 2004, p. 257-262

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2004

by Richard A. Rettig

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A committee of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine recently released a report on reorganizing the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This report responds to a request by Congress in connection with the fiscal year 2001 budget for the NIH. The report contains some pragmatic proposals, avoids postulating an ideal NIH but does propose a radical new special programs office that would function as does the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and advocates that clinical research be strengthened.

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