JAMA: Institutional Academic–Industry Relationships

An article by Campbell et al. in tomorrow’s issue of JAMA presents data from a national survey of department chairs about the nature, extent, and consequences of institutional–academic industry relationships for medical schools and teaching hospitals. Among the 459 department chairs who responded, 60% had a personal relationship with industry, and 67% of their departments did. Of note is the finding that “72% viewed a chair’s engaging in more than 1 industry-related activity (substantial role in a start-up company, consulting, or serving on a company’s board) as having a negative impact on a department’s ability to conduct independent unbiased research.”

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