Unconscious biases in the grant peer-review process

Nahomi Amberber, Policy & Politics co-editor On February 27, 2018, the Government of Canada released a budget that many in the scientific community described as a “win’ because it dramatically increased funding for fundamental research. For those following science policy in Canada, this decision was not surprising, because it had been years in the making. […]

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How Canada combats antimicrobial resistance


Nahomi Amberber, Policy & Politics co-editor Do you remember how many times you’ve been prescribed an antibiotic or used an antifungal cream for an unexplained rash? Most people don’t either, which speaks volumes about the role antimicrobials play in modern healthcare. It also highlights the threat of antimicrobial resistance to global health. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR), […]

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Science advocacy can save Canadian science (and the next generation of Canadian scientists)


By Molly Meng-Hua Sung, guest contributor This past year, the long-awaited Fundamental Science Review (commonly referred to as the Naylor Report) was submitted to Canada’s Minister of Science, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan. It confirmed something scientists have been saying for years: funding is tight. Furthermore, the strain of poor funding is borne largely by young […]

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CIHR does an about-face on the value of face-to-face peer review

By Michelle Lavery and Betty Zou, General Science Editors After a peer rebellion among Canadian health researchers, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research has agreed to reinstate face-to-face peer reviews. But what makes face-to-face discussion so vital to the process?   Recent events have sparked concern over the way researchers are awarded government grants. Face-to-face […]

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