One of Canada’s top AIDS researchers is moving to the United States, taking as many as 25 scientists on his team with him.
The University of Montreal’s Rafick-Pierre Sékaly says he is leaving in part because of federal cuts in science funding and hopes his departure will be a wake-up call.
“I hope it will trigger some kind of movement that will foster a deep soul searching and investment,” he said in an interview.
He expects to more than double his $3.5-million research budget in his new position as scientific director of the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute in Florida, but will also keep a lab going at the University of Montreal.
Of course the brain drain has been going on for years. The simple fact is that there are more jobs in US and more money. But the truth is that Canada was still able to retain top talent especially in the Bush years. Now that the war on science in US is over and is continuing under Stephen Harper in Canada, we are watching the end of the leadership in science.
Congratulations to Harper on his win against science. I expect that Canada will turn to evangelical science soon.