Author Affiliation: Department of Cell and
Molecular Biology, Karolinska Institutet.
Medical research in Europe has a rich tradition of discovery, innovation,
and productivity. Today the European Union and the United States are the leaders
in biomedical investigation and research productivity. In Europe and the United
States, politicians and science administrators attempt to compare the scientific
output from the 2 continents, but the data are unreliable mainly because there
is not a subdivision of available resources and funding, or a broad documentation
of opportunities or emphasis. Few attempts have previously been made to compare
medical research from an international perspective, but it is becoming urgent
now when life sciences are emerging as an international joint enterprise involving
both developed and developing countries worldwide. This article compares research
funding, activities, and creativity in the European Union and the United States,
based on available data and my personal experience as a scientific manager
on both continents.
Philipson L. Medical Research Activities, Funding, and Creativity in EuropeComparison With Research in the United States. JAMA. 2005;294(11):1394-1398. doi:10.1001/jama.294.11.1394