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Commentary
June 16, 2010

Managing Financial Conflict of Interest in Biomedical Research

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Office of Extramural Research (Dr Rockey) and Office of the Director (Dr Collins), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

JAMA. 2010;303(23):2400-2402. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.774

As the nation's biomedical research agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must ensure that the research it funds on the behalf of US taxpayers is scientifically rigorous and free of bias. Over the course of more than 65 years and hundreds of thousands of awards, most researchers receiving funds from NIH have proved to be trustworthy stewards. Still, more must be done to retain, and in some instances regain, public trust in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise.

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