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Science policy: When research does not get to the patient

Science policy: When research does not get to the patient

German science has long been certified as having this problem: basic research is top; but patients benefit little from it.
 Special centers for health research should remedy the malady.
 Their success so far is not very big.

            
        

    

                        
    
    It is not often that German science undergoes a self-critical analysis. But when the scientific journal Nature recently reported on a comprehensive self-evaluation of the Helmholtz Association, after all, one of the country's most important research organizations, it once again came to the ambiguous diagnosis that seems like a curse on German science. In basic research, local researchers are as always top. But when it comes to bringing medically relevant insights to the patient, German science is having a hard time.

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