So Much on Its Plate

The Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship reminds us all that there might be some re-organization going on at NIH. The Scientific Management Review Board, selected by Elias Zerhouni before his resignation last October, met to ponder the possibility that the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse should merge, and also whether the structure of intramural research at NIH, including the clinical center, should be reviewed.

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