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Sugar: spinning a web of influence

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h231

Re: Sugar: spinning a web of influence


The Medical Research Council encourages health scientists to form strategic research partnerships with industry, not least to accelerate the translation of research into public benefit. MRC also encourages researchers to give up time to advise the public and policy makers, provided that conflicts of interest are clearly identified. That some researchers do both, in an open and honest manner, is a well-known fact and all that is "revealed" in Jonathan Gornall's article (14/2/15). As I am ultimately responsible for everything MRC does, please add my name to your "tangled web". It would be an honour to stand alongside scientists such as Susan Jebb, Ann Prentice and Ian Macdonald, who are committed to improving public health through research.

Competing interests: Employed by MRC and University of Edinburgh. Research funding from MRC.

18 February 2015
John Savill
Chief Executive
Medical Research Council, 13th Floor, One Kemble Street, London WC2B 4AN