Virtual Institutes Gear Up to Do Real Research

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Science  08 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5485, pp. 1675
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5485.1675

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OTTAWA, CANADA-- As president of the new Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)--a collection of 13 virtual institutes based here that the government hopes will change the face of Canadian biomedical research--Alan Bernstein is in the enviable position of shaping an entire national research program from scratch. His goal is to strengthen Canadian biomedical research by earmarking as much as 30% of CIHR's overall budget for targeted research, rather than by creating a massive new infrastructure.