Tomorrow's Cures Today? How to Reform the Health Research System

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Promise or Performance as the Basis for Distribution of Research Funds *

“When I paint, my object is to show what I have found and not what I am looking for. In art intentions are not sufficient and, as we say in Spanish: love must be proved by facts and not by reasons”.

Pablo Picasso. 1923(1)


Introduction

A quest for the support of excellence in medical research should be accompanied by a quest for excellence in the evaluation of that excellence. Accordingly, in the 70s there was much public discussion

* Based on a paper which was presented to the Medical Research Council of Canada at its meeting in Kingston, Ontario on June 18,1980, and published in Medical Hypothesis (1983, volume 11, pages 147-156) as the second of a two part series on Medical Research Strategy for the Eighties.

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