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Republican aims to streamline ‘sprawling and siloed’ NIH

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House committee chair says “uncoordinated” growth of National Institutes of Health is causing “research duplication”

A leading Republican lawmaker has proposed a dramatic restructuring of the US National Institutes of Health, claiming that the funder has a “sprawling and siloed organisational structure” that could be causing duplication of research.

In a discussion paper on reforming the NIH, published on 14 June, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, says the world’s biggest public funder of biomedical research is being undermined by its current setup.

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