MOJ eISSN: 2374-6920 MOJPB

Proteomics & Bioinformatics
Volume 1 Issue 3

Scientific research in the developing countries: the challenges we need to overcome
Abdelaziz Ghanemi1,2
1Key Laboratory of Animal Models and Human Disease Mechanisms, Kunming Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Received: July 09, 2014 | Published: July 14, 2014

Correspondence: Abdelaziz Ghanemi, Key Laboratory of Animal Models and Human Disease Mechanisms, Kunming Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences Kunming Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences No.32 Jiaochang Donglu, Kunming 650223, Yunnan Province, China, Email

Citation: Ghanemi A. Scientific research in the developing countries: the challenges we need to overcome. MOJ Proteomics Bioinform. 2014;1(3):75. DOI: 10.15406/mojpb.2014.01.00017


With a growing international students’ mobility more and more students are leaving their countries to study in other countries either according to exchanges and international programs or as a personal initiative mainly to have an education that they could not have in their own countries. Indeed, the main problems facing the scientific development of the developing countries are the lack of equipments in the laboratory and the lack of practical experiences especially in fields that are important in the modern sciences such as cell culture1 proteomics2–4 and drug development.5,6 Therefore, the scientific knowledge tough in the developing countries is in mainly theoretical. Although many developing countries are rich, the budgets invested in the scientific education and the scientific research remains limited. The reasons may be that the political leaders put “money” only in the project with which they will come with financial benefits quickly rather than projects that will provide the country with experts after at least two decades. This may be due to the economic and the social situations that make scientific research not a priority within the national objectives.

In addition, the limited involvement of the private companies makes the situation worse. Indeed, in the developing countries the private companies rarely provide funding for scientific research or allow the student to have internships within those companies. Generally, the private companies in the developing countries do not have research centers but only production unites.

This situation has to change so the developing countries can go ahead toward a scientific research that would contribute in the development of those countries. Practical solutions have to be applied in collaboration with the developing countries that have enough experience to give a practical assistance. The regional and the international organizations have an important role to play in term of planning and continuous evaluation. The private grants and contracts should be considered as well.7 However, the starting points would be to convince the decisions-makers8,9 how important is linking the scientific research with the development to the future of the country. It will allow result in a better health care10,11 and more crops productions12 in addition to a well-planned industry.



Conflict of interest

The author declares no conflict of interest.


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