The Donald S. Fredrickson Papers
- [Interview with NIH Director Donald Fredrickson on the future of research]
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- NOTE: The digital version of this interview is imperfect as the original recording is slightly noisy and jumpy.
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- 1 minute, 8 seconds
- 1978-03-22 (March 22, 1978)
- Fredrickson, Donald S.
- Interviewer: Johnson, Timothy
- Interview with NIH Director Donald Fredrickson. WCVB-TV taping of the television program "House Call." 01:17:53:00-01:19:01:00
on DigiBeta tape.
- House Call (March 22, 1978)
- Reproduced with permission of WCVB-TV.
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- Research Personnel
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- NIH Director, 1975-1981: Biomedical Research in a Time of Trial
- [Interview with NIH Director Donald Fredrickson on NIH as research] (March 22, 1978)
- [Interview with NIH Director Donald Fredrickson on costs and technology] (March 22, 1978)
- [Interview with NIH Director Donald Fredrickson on the nature of discovery] (March 22, 1978)
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- Series: Audio-Visual Materials, 1978-1997
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- Folder: House Call with Dr. Timothy Johnson, 1978 Mar
- TIMOTHY JOHNSON: [Where] do the researchers of tomorrow come from today? Are we developing adequately, in this country, a
research program that will be in place 20 years from now, as well as next year? We hear criticism, for example, that we have
been, by decreasing funds and in other ways, slowly dismantling our research establishment to the point that in 20 years we
may be facing some disasters. What kinds of plans are being made for the future?
- DONALD S. FREDRICKSON: Well, we're holding at about steady in size. I don't think it's shrinking, but it's
not growing very much. Research is costly; inflation is something we just manage to keep up with. Each year, the National
Institutes of Health are the major trainers of a large number of people--young people--some of them looking for the PhD degree,
some in the medical degree, and some not for doctorate degrees but for other roles to play. So the federal government is
taking a very active role in helping in meeting costs of training, and we're keeping up. But it's not an easy thing,
because research is getting more difficult. It's a full-time career, and you've got to be sure that when you embark
upon it you will have adequate support and opportunity to make that your whole lifetime once you start.
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