Académie royale de Médecine de Belgique

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Rapport de la Commission chargée d'étudier les propositions transmises par M. le Sénateur Humphrey

            M. le Sénateur Humphrey, Président du Sous-Comité pour la Réorganisation et les Organisations internationales du Sénat des Etats-Unis, a bien voulu saisir l’Académie du problème suivant :

            « Que peut faire le Gouvernement des Etats-Unis d’Amérique pour aider à vaincre les maladies telles que le cancer, les affections cardio-vasculaires et autres ? Comment pourrait-il augmenter la coopération internationale entre les chercheurs concernant les problèmes de la pathologie ? Comment pourrait-il promouvoir spécialement la coopération entre les Académies médicales des diverses Nations ? »

            La Commission (chargée d’étudier les réponses aux questions posées à l’Académie par M. le Sénateur Humphrey était composée comme suit : MM. C. Heymans, J. Roskam, E. J. Bigwood et J. P. Hoet, Membres titulaires.) désignée par l’Académie a élaboré le projet de réponse que voici :

            « Our Committee wishes to express our great apreciation for the stimulating invitation sent by Senator Humphrey asking us to collaborate with the Subcommittee of the United States Senate authorized to review international medical research and assistance.

            » In Belgium, activities in the domain of medical research are sponsored and directed by;

            » Fonds National de la Recherche scientifique;

            » Fonds National de la Recherche scientifique médicale ;

            » Fondation médicale Reine Elisabeth ;

            » Fondation Francqui ;

            » Belgian-American Education Foundation ;

            » United States Educational Foundation (Fullbright Fellow-ships).

            » The Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium has appointed a special Commission to study and discuss the “Health for Peace Act” and to do everything possible to implement the noble ends to which it is addressed.

            » It is our deeply felt general conviction that the organized encouragement and support of medical research and of medical researchers, on a basis that transcends national and ideological differences, constitutes a powerful intellectual and moral force, a force that would accelerate and help to insure, for all mankind, the achievement of physical and mental health in a peace-ful world. We particularly wish to emphasize our belief that any program undertaken should be truly international and thus trans-national in nature; and that it should stress “basic” as well as “applied” medical research, and preventive as well as curative medicine.

            » More specifically, we feel that those aspects of the “Health for Peace Act” which should be given the greatest encouragement and support are those concerned with the education and training of scientific personnel, the facilitation of informal and formal communication between researchers, and the mutual undertaking of common or interrelated programms of research by Medical Scientific Institutes of various nations.

            » Thus it seems desirable to us that whatever financial subsidies are eventually authorized by the “Health for Peace Act” be used to support scientific personnel and to cover the costs of research equipment. We further suggest that these subsidies be given in the form of fiveyear grants, because we feel that this would provide research projects with an interrupted period of financial security long enough to be conductive to rigorous, creative scientific work.

            » In our opinion, the World Health Organization constitutes the ideal organization for the execution of the “Health for Peace Act” because it is the most important, truly international medical scientific body that exists in the world today.

            » In conclusion, on behalf of the Academy, we wish to express our desire to receive all the future statements and recommendations of your Subcommittee, and to assure you that we shall be happy to prepare more detailed and concrete memoranda for the Committee, should those be requested.»                  

          Ce projet est adopté à l'unanimité, sans observation.

            Séance du 26 septembre 1959.