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.