Policies regarding IRB members’ industry contacts often lacking

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 23:14 in Psychology & Sociology

At a time of heightened concern about conflicts of interest posed by relationships between academic medical researchers and commercial firms, a new study finds that a significant number of academic institutions do not have clear policies covering the industrial relationships of members of institutional review boards (IRBs), committees charged with ensuring that clinical studies uphold patient rights and follow ethical guidelines.  read more

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