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May 9, 2001

Industry Support of Researchers in Universities and Academic Medical Centers

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(18):2324-2326. doi:10.1001/jama.285.18.2324

To the Editor: Drs Moses and Martin1 describe pressures on academic medical centers to pursue industrial alliances, which have generated a research environment fraught with pitfalls. They propose that research with commercial applications should be separated from the rest of the university and placed in independent research institutes or companies with safeguards to minimize faculty and institutional conflicts of interest. Presumably, this would both answer the growing chorus of public criticism and allow universities to cash in on new sources of revenue.

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