Policy ForumPUBLIC HEALTH

Proliferation of National Institutes of Health

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Science  09 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5510, pp. 1903-1905
DOI: 10.1126/science.1059063

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Summary

Over the last 50 years, the National Institutes of Health has grown steadily but unevenly. Institutes and centers with independent budgets and grant-making authority have been split up, fused, or added. Varmus argues that the 24 institutes and centers should be reorganized to improve overall flexibility, to increase coordination, and to improve administration of the NIH.

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