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[Comment] 10 years of the UK’s National Institute for Health Research

The revolution in molecular medicine and cell biology that occurred in the late 20th century was a magnet for research funding and continues to advance understanding of disease. By the new millennium, however, the scientific capacity to convert this new information into clinical benefit was in danger of being lost, and there was a need to re-establish expertise in clinical and translational science. In the UK, reports urged the Government to consider how strength in this type of research endeavour could be re-established.

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