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September 16, 2009

Failure to Report Financial Disclosure Information

JAMA. 2009;302(11):1170. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1300

To the Editor: I would like to apologize to the editors and readers of JAMA for my failure to fully disclose financial support for programs at the University of Virginia, my employer, in a letter to the editor.1 At the time of submission, I did note that my affiliations included being executive director of the National Social Norms Institute. However, I did not indicate to the editors that this institute was funded by a $2.5 million gift from the Anheuser-Busch Foundation. My current position is executive director of the Department of Student Health (90% effort) and the National Social Norms Institute (10% effort). This omission was not done in an attempt to conceal information, but I recognize that my failure to include this funding resulted in the appearance of lack of transparency. The complete disclosure information is provided below and in an accompanying correction.

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