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CIHR working group to advise on peer review

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has set up a working group to provide advice on the changes to its peer review system discussed at a recent emergency meeting with researchers.

The group will be led by Paul Kubes, executive chairman of the CIHR’s College of Reviewers, and will feature representatives from the emergency meeting on 13 July. Membership of the group will be finalised and announced shortly, the agency said.

On 22 July, the CIHR also released more details on the outcome of the meeting, which was called by the health minister to address serious complaints from researchers about the agency’s new peer review system. The CIHR’s experiment with online peer review will now be ditched in favour of a return to face-to-face meetings of reviewers after an initial ‘triage’ of applications.

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