"Money for medical research not used very effectively"
28 June 2018
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology Yolanda van der Graaf says goodbye to the Julius Center
Not enough money goes into testing medical treatments in the clinic, says professor of clinical epidemiology Yolanda van der Graaf. Independent research funds are spent mostly on laboratory tests with cells, proteins and DNA. "It will take at least 20 years before patients can benefit from this,if they benefit at all, as no more than 20 percent of clinical progress originates in the lab."
In her farewell speech (in Dutch), Yolanda van der Graaf refers to a study from 2017 on the effectiveness of cancer medicines that had been approved by the European Medicines Agency. Yolanda: "For most of the 48 cancer medicines introduced on the market between 2009 and 2013, no evidence was found that they prolonged life or improved the quality of life."...