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Montreal institute moves to wholesale open science

McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute is preparing to become the first research institute in the world to fully embrace open science, says Richard Gold, a professor of intellectual-property law at the university.

The institute, which studies neuroscience from basic research to clinical practice, will make all of its research data publicly available starting in 2016. The institute will also no longer pursue patents for discoveries made by its researchers or provide financial support for academics who wish to pursue patents on their own, Gold says.

The goal is to accelerate research in the field and speed up the development of products and clinical processes, he says. The exact timing of the shift remains will be flexible, as each unit in the institute works to determine how best to implement the principles of open science.

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