New Web Site Publicizes Links Between Scientists and Corporations
The Center for Science in the Public Interest yesterday launched a Web site providing information about scientists and the corporate support they receive for their research. The scientists listed are primarily in the fields of nutrition, environment, toxicology and medicine. The site also gives information about the corporate support received by dozens of professional, health and not-for-profit organizations. CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson said that the Web site is necessary to give journalists, activists, policy makers and the public information about potential biases in research. He added, "Important health and environmental policies can be distorted by scientists who assert objectivity, but who receive funding from affected industries." Ronald Collins, the project's director, said he hopes that the site will "encourage journalists to report on scientists' funding from industry" (CSPI release, 5/16). To view the site, go to http://www.integrityinscience.org.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.