Irish Examiner: Loss of Independent Adviser raises fears for Irish Scientific & Medical Research
A number of charities, including the Irish Cancer Society, the Irish Heart Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, have formulated their collective criticism of Prof Ferguson's appointment under the umbrella of the Medical Research Charities Group (MCRG).
Philip Watt, chair of MCRG, said they were concerned that because the Government has such a strong focus on supporting research that leads to jobs, medical research could lose out. "There seems to be a huge move in only supporting research that leads to jobs, but we need to do medical research for our own sake, ie for the benefit of patients," Mr Watt said.
Dr Stephen Sullivan, chief scientific officer with the Irish Stem Cell Foundation, said he believed the Government was hoping "that the uproar about abolishing the role of independent CSA will abate" but that it was more likely to be damaging to research in the long term.
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