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Medical Research Council unit takes tobacco cash

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.577 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:577

The Medical Research Council's neurochemical pathology unit in Newcastle upon Tyne has accepted a donation of £147 000 ($220 000) from British American Tobacco. The money will cover much of the cost of a three year research project on the effects of nicotine on the aging brain. The project ran into financial difficulties when the United States venture capital firm that was intended as the original source of funds pulled out at short notice.

The director of the unit, Professor Jim Edwardson, said that the source of the money would not affect the outcome of the research, and a gagging clause would prevent the tobacco firm from drawing …

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