New report on conflicts of interest in health research
The workshop covered the ways that funding sources (especially corporate funders) influence research quality and outcomes (precisely the topic of my book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.
The report is a succinct yet thorough summary of the research on the effects of funding on research design, outcome, and interpretation.
Some of the speakers:
- Lisa Bero, PhD, Chief Scientist, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Overview of the Evidence on Sponsor Influence
- David Michaels PhD, MPH, epidemiologist and professor at the George Washington University School of Public Health; former Assistant Secretary of Labor for the OSHA. How to Protect Public Health in the Face of Disinformation.
- Gary Ruskin, Executive Director, U.S. Right to Know, Where are the points of influence on scientific research?
- Martin McKee, CBE, MD, president of the British Medical Association and Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. What You Don’t See That Counts: A Peek Behind the Smokescreen
- Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, Professor Health Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. Industry Funding Bias in the Case of Nutrition Science
This report is a great place to begin if the topic is new to you.
And so is this, of course.