07 August 2012

Doing science differently

Donald Stuss, President and scientific director of the Ontario Brain Institute, has an excellent article in today's Globe: "For better cures, let’s do science differently." Stuss advocates for a focus on doing science differently that involves understanding the complementary links between basic and applied research as a continuum, and embracing academic cooperation and industry involvement. This is essential for Canada to make the most of its public sector R&D investments. An interdisciplinary and collaborative focus will let Canada orient our world-leading research capabilities to solving today's and tomorrow's pressing problems. Stuss acknowledges that science is driven in some part by instrumentality, and in celebrating this as an eventuality, affords a view of the future that rises above zero-sum thinking in the research funding space.

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