Concerns have been expressed in recent years about the decline in children's clinical and biomedical research in the UK, and in the paediatric academic workforce. Here I consider the extent to which these concerns are justified, the sweeping changes that have taken place in research funding, governance and organisation, and necessary action to take.
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Competing interests NM is Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Vice President (Science and Research), and leads a research programme as Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London.
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