The success of the Board's work depends only partly on the
work of the project supervisors and the careful consideration
that is given to each of our research proposals by the Director
of the Board. It is more dependent upon and due to the
enthusiasm and hard work of the junior members of the
research teams, the social research workers, secretaries and
coding officers who often work long hours when the need arises.
It can be seen from the research projects under way that our
work is directed in the main to the unhappy and underprivileged
members of our society. The care of the physically and mentally
ill, retarded children, the aged, and the poor living in a bad
environment. In addition, of course, we are undertaking
research into some of the major problems of our society,
alcoholism, self-poisoning by drugs, heart attacks, strokes,
multiple sclerosis and coeliac disease.
It is not enough that we should undertake research into these
problems, particularly the problem of the poor and the underprivileged.
We consider it an important part of our responsibility
to see that the results of our researches are made known so that
appropriate action is taken. We are aware that with most of
the problems we are studying prevention has often much more
to offer the community than treatment.