The Chief Scientist’s Bureau in the Ministry of Health is an important junction in the advancement of medical research in Israel. For this purpose the bureau focuses on the following main areas:
- Managing the Chief Scientist’s research foundation
The foundation classifies, ranks and judges, by means of peer review process, research studies submitted to it by physicians and researchers from the research and medical institutions in Israel, and funds the ones it deems worthy. In addition, and using a similar procedure, the foundation selects worthy studies and recommends their funding to other organizations that contribute to medical research.
- Regulation of Medical research
The Health Minister has charged the Chief Scientist’s bureau with the application of the laws which regulate various aspects of medical research.
- Israeli pool of biological samples for research
The aim of the pool is to enable easy access to information and samples donated by patients for researchers from hospitals, academic institutions and from industry.
- Intellectual property and patents
The Chief Scientist’s Bureau coordinates the subject of intellectual property and patents that originate in the government health care system. Within this framework, the Chief Scientist’s Bureau operates through an inter-ministerial implementation team.
- Participation in European research networks
The Chief Scientist’s bureau represents the Ministry of Health in European research networks that are funded by the European Union in various areas of Life Sciences and Medicine, and it funds studies of Israeli researchers in collaboration with researchers from other European countries.