US academic researchers hold divided views on ties to industry

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 20 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3883
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Academic biomedical researchers in the United States are divided on whether or not ties to industry compromise the integrity of research. The split is largely along the lines of whether the researchers do receive support from industry. But both factions agree that universities’ existing policies on conflicts of interest are “about right.”

The analysis was based on 2168 responses (a 74% response rate) from randomly selected academics in four categories at the 50 universities that received the most research funding from the US National Institutes of Health. The paper survey was conducted in 2007 as part of a regular periodic survey process begun in 1986.

Earlier published analysis from the same survey showed that the industry provides just …

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