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January 13, 1993

Biomedical Research: Collaboration and Conflict of Interest

JAMA. 1993;269(2):290-291. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500020126045

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In the words of the authors, "This volume provides an analysis of the impact of industry and academia on biomedical research and how these institutions work together. The analysis begins with the moral imperative for biomedical research and ends with an analysis of how the US federal government regulates its own laboratories." In the middle of the book, one of the authors, Roger J. Porter, points out that the main impact of conflict of interest in research is to produce biased results or biased interpretation of results, and this is the focus of one chapter.

The volume grew from the extraordinary opportunity for Porter to be a scholar-in-residence in the Division of Biomedical Research of the Association of American Medical Colleges, a division under the direction of the other editor, Thomas E. Malone. Porter is deputy director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health