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Merits of collaboration between industry and academia

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1138
  1. Charlotte E L Evans, lecturer in nutritional epidemiology1,
  2. Darren Greenwood, senior lecturer in biostatistics2,
  3. Victoria Burley, senior lecturer in nutritional epidemiology1,
  4. Janet Cade, professor in nutritional epidemiology1
  1. 1Nutritional Epidemiology Group, School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
  2. 2Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  1. c.e.l.evans{at}

As a group of scientists working within academia, we are concerned by the implications of your feature suggesting that industry should stop funding external research.1 Universities are one of the best types of institution to carry out nutrition research because academic researchers are interested in finding out the truth. Would it be better if all universities refused to work with the food industry and the food industry carried out its own research without collaboration with universities? We think not. …

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