Conflict of Interest


Willie Soon, Academic Freedom, and How We Can Deal With Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In the last week, the Internet has blown up. There were llamas, dresses, and bird-riding weasels. But what also blew up was an important discussion about conflict of interest disclosure and what information academic scientists should be expected to make public. Above all else, the debate has made clear that conflict of interest disclosure rules are lacking and that we need clarity from Congress, scientific societies, and academic institutions on how these issues should be addressed. Read more >

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Spring Brings Hope–Even about Transparency and Accountability in Government

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

There is some good, albeit modest, news about the Food and Drug Administration and the way the agency addresses conflicts of interest on FDA advisory panels that consider the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices. Read more >

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How Disclosure Changed a Conversation on Fracking (And Why that Matters)

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

Last week, I moderated a session on fracking at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The event went as we planned with seven speakers presenting their work on unconventional oil and gas development, but after the formal talks when we opened a panel discussion with questions from the audience, something unexpected happened. Read more >

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Through the Looking Glass: Climate Change Denial, Conflict of Interest and Connecting Science to Policy

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Boston Globe has an outstanding series of articles entitled “Broken City” and it is not hard to guess which city they are referring to.  Hint—not the one that boasts a World-Series-winning team. Read more >

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Putting the Interests of Patients First: Conference Endorses Science-Focused Health Care

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

It’s not often that some of the best and most creative minds in medicine, medical ethics and healthcare all gather in one place. It’s even more rare when all these individuals are gathered together to focus on one problem—undue corporate influence on the treatment of patients in the U.S. Read more >

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