Live Chat: Conflicts of Interest in Academia

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Today's Topic

Colleagues of University of Michigan neurologist Sidney Gilman were shocked when the U.S. government revealed a massive insider trading scheme that was based on his conversations with a hedge fund analyst. The two men were brought together by a so-called expert network firm, and the case, announced in November, is the latest reminder of the potential perils of having academic researchers interact with industry. The different types of relationships, across many fields, have grown ever more complex over the years and pose tricky questions. When is it OK to accept money, and what type of information can be shared? Does industry sponsorship of a clinical trial or an academic study, for example, necessarily bias the results? And how can scientists best avoid these pitfalls?

Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 10 January, on this page, and read our feature on the topic in this week’s issue of Science. Our guests will be two experts on conflict-of-interest issues. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts. The full text of the chat will be archived on this page.

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Today's Guests

Catherine DeAngelis

George Loewenstein


Jennifer Couzin-Frankel

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