Issues Affecting Continuation of United States Funding of the Gorgas Memorial Institute

NSIAD-83-38: Published: Sep 12, 1983. Publicly Released: Oct 4, 1983.

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GAO reviewed U.S. funding of the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine, Inc., and its biomedical research arm, the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama.

GAO found that: (1) Gorgas has made little effort to broaden its financial base of support; (2) similar research is being conducted by other Government agencies; (3) there is no formalized pre- or post-project scientific review by Gorgas; and (4) closing Gorgas could have a negative impact on U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the region. GAO believes that there is a need for a formalized planning and review process to allow for better use of laboratory facilities and personnel.

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