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doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3181a4b304
Nutrition Communication

Funding Food Science and Nutrition Research: Financial Conflicts and Scientific Integrity

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) North America Working Group on Guiding Principles; Rowe, Sylvia MAT; Alexander, Nick BA, PhD; Clydesdale, Fergus M. PhD; Applebaum, Rhona S. PhD; Atkinson, Stephanie PhD; Black, Richard M. PhD; Dwyer, Johanna T. DSc, RD; Hentges, Eric PhD; Higley, Nancy A. PhD; Lefevre, Michael PhD; Lupton, Joanne R. PhD; Miller, Sanford A. PhD; Tancredi, Doris L. PhD; Weaver, Connie M. PhD; Woteki, Catherine E. PhD; Wedral, Elaine PhD

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Abstract

There has been significant public debate about the susceptibility of research to biases of various kinds. The dialogue has extended to the peer-reviewed literature, scientific conferences, the mass media, government advisory bodies, and beyond. Although biases can come from myriad sources, the overwhelming focus of the discussion, to date, has been on industry-funded science. Given the critical role that the industry has played and will continue to play in the research process, the International Life Sciences Institute North America Working Group on Guiding Principles has, in this article, set out proposed conflict-of-interest guidelines regarding industry funding for protecting the integrity and credibility of the scientific record, particularly with respect to health, nutrition, and food-safety science. Eight principles are enumerated, specifying ground rules for industry-sponsored research. The article, which issues a challenge to the broader scientific community to address all bias issues, is only a first step; the document is intended to be dynamic, prompting ongoing discussion and refinement

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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