NIH Has Made Strides in Reviewing Financial Conflicts of Interest in Extramural Research, But Could Do More

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Office of Inspector General's (OIG), Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

NIH awards more than 70 percent of its $37 billion budget to universities and other extramural grantee institutions (institutions). Identifying and managing investigators' financial conflicts of interest (financial conflicts) is critical to safeguarding the integrity of NIH-funded research.

Sloan Kettering under fire for potential conflict-of-interest in start-up deal

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Tech Transfer Central

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has come under fire for its stake in an artificial intelligence start-up founded by three researchers from the center. Several individuals who hold leadership positions at Sloan Kettering also hold equity in the new venture.

MSK Cancer Center Orders Staff to ‘Do a Better Job’ of Disclosing Industry Ties

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New York Times

September 9, 2018 - New York Times - The chief executive of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center sent an email to all staff members on Sunday saying that the institution and its faculty “need to do a better job” of disclosing their relationships with the drug and health care industries.

Purdue professor and wife indicted in alleged fraud scheme with NSF SBIR/STTR grants

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Tech Transfer Central

The importance of monitoring use of SBIR/STTR funds has come into sharp relief at Purdue University, where a professor and his wife were indicted this week by a grand jury for allegedly defrauding the National Science Foundation, according to an announcement from the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

Bringing Transparency to Medicine: Exploring Physicians' Views and Experiences of the Sunshine Act

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The American Journal of Bioethics

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA) requires health care product manufacturers to report to the federal government payments more than $10 to physicians. Bringing unprecedented transparency to medicine, PPSA holds great potential for enabling medical stakeholders to manage conflicts of interest (COI) and build patient trust—crucial responsibilities of medical professionalism.

CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald Resigns

(CNN) - Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned Wednesday, a day after Politico reported Fitzgerald's purchase of tobacco stock after she took the position at the nation's top public health agency.

Drugmaker Paid Doctors with Problem Records to Promote its Pill

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CNN Investigates

One physician had his prescription pad taken away after he repeatedly failed tests assessing his competency. Another was banned from treating mentally ill inmates and accused of endangering nursing home patients by prescribing excessive dosages of medications.  At least three others had criminal convictions for illegal prescribing.

Drugmaker's ties to nonprofits pose 'conflict of interest

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CNN

CNN - A leading advocacy group for Alzheimer's patients has stopped accepting funding from a Southern California drugmaker following a CNN investigation into the company that sparked a government probe.

Virginia Tech professor accused of scamming National Science Foundation

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Washington Post

The scramble for government funding on the university level is a bare-knuckle competitive business. Careers — and fortunes — are often tied directly to getting the right grant at the right time.

Idaho State uncovers COIs, misuse of funds at research center

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Tech Transfer Central Industry-Sponsored Research

An investigation of financial misdeeds at an Idaho State University research and innovation center has cost the director of the center his job, and maybe more as the findings are now with the local prosecutor’s office.

Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass

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New York Times

from The New York Times —Dr. Carlo Croce was repeatedly cleared by Ohio State University, which reaped millions from his grants. Now, he faces new whistle-blower accusations.

Watch: Brookings Institute on Conflict of Interest

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Brookings Institute

video icon from Brookings Institute — OGE Director Walter Shaub asks Trump to do more to resolve conflicts of interest. Walter M. Shaub, Jr., Director of U.S. Office of Government Ethics announces that Donald Trump’s attempts to resolve his conflicts of interest are inadequate, adding that divesture is not too high a price to pay to be president of the United States of America.
 

The Array of Conflicts of Interest Facing the Trump Presidency

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The New York Times 

From The New York Times —Donald J. Trump’s global business empire will create an unprecedented number of conflicts of interest for a United States president, experts in legal ethics say.

Trump’s Conflict-Of-Interest Problem

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The New Yorker

From The New Yorker —"Are you planning on putting your assets in a blind trust should you become President?” the Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo asked Donald Trump during a Presidential-primary debate in South Carolina, in January.

Spoiled Milk

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Inside Higher Ed

U of Maryland finds numerous problems related to conflicts of interest in a controversial press release about a brand of chocolate milk and treatment of concussions. 

Training: COI Disclosure: Details for AOs and FOs

The goal of this course is to go step-by-step through the process of submitting a COI disclosure in CoeusLite in order to gain familiarity with the process and the type of information investigators are being asked to provide and why.

Former UCSD Scientist Charged With Defrauding U.S.

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Inside Higher Ed

A former research scientist at the University of California at San Diego and his corporation admitted to illegally obtaining millions of dollars in government grants and contracts, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Lehigh University professor and wife convicted of cheating NASA

Source publication:
Morning Call

Lehigh University engineering professor Yujie Ding and his wife, Yuliya Zotova, appeared to be talented researchers dedicated to advancing science, jurors in their federal fraud trial said.

CU professor arrested for selling marked-up lab equipment

Source publication:
Tech Transfer Central

A former professor at the University of Colorado (CU) has been arrested on suspicion of launching a company to sell marked-up lab equipment to the CU-Boulder campus.

Feds Freeze Grants To UConn After Conflict-Of-Interest Probe

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Hartford Courant

The NSF has suspended millions in research grants to UConn after revelations that two professors used more than $250,000 in grant money for purchases from a company they control.

Former Georgia Tech Engineering Professor Indicted on Racketeering Charges

Source publication:
The New York Times

A former high-profile electrical engineering professor has been indicted on racketeering charges, nearly five years after his career at the Georgia Institute of Technology collapsed over a wireless chip start-up he founded.

Morgan State University professor convicted of fraud scheme

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Baltimore Sun

A Morgan State University professor was convicted Tuesday in connection with a scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation and his students.

Doctors draw critics for aid from drug firms

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Boston Globe

Critics say doctors who conduct a clinical trial while accepting personal payments from the company sponsoring the study can feel beholden to the drug maker.

Reaching for Silicon Valley

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The New York Times

Dr. Laskar’s downfall is an extreme illustration of the misunderstandings — and legal risks — that academics-turned-entrepreneurs have to navigate as they try to turn classroom concepts into successful companies.

Breaking the Seal on Drug Research

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The New York Times

Together with a band of far-flung researchers and activists, Peter Doshi is trying to unearth data from clinical trials — complex studies that last for years and often involve thousands of patients across many countries — and make it public.

NYU Researchers Arrested

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FBI U.S. Attorney's Office

Manhattan U.S. Attorney and FBI Assistant Director in Charge Announce Criminal Complaint Against Three New York-Based University Researchers for Conspiring to Receive Bribes from a Chinese Company and a Chinese Government-Supported Research Institute

Choice for energy secretary has ties to oil, gas examined

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Boston Globe

President Obama expressed great confidence when he nominated Ernest Moniz, an MIT professor, to be secretary of energy, saying the renowned physicist could balance scientific rigor with the demands of private industry and knows that “we can grow our economy while still taking care of our air, our