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Responsible Conduct of Research

Conflict of Interest


Course objectives
  1. Define conflicts of interest
  2. Identify strategies to manage potential conflicts of interest
  3. Identify resources
Course resources
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Questions that focus content
  1. Define conflict of interest.
  2. List and describe three distinct conflicts of interest that are not financial.
  3. What interests, other than financial, do you have in obtaining positive results in your research?
  4. Why is a financial conflict of interest not necessarily considered to be misconduct? Discuss circumstances under which a financial conflict of interest might result in misconduct.
  5. If you were reading the work of another scientist, then what, if anything, do you need to know about interests of that scientist that might be in conflict with a published work? If it were relevant to the subject of the paper, which of the following would you want to know about an author's interests:
      1. Financial stake (e.g., ownership, stock, stock options) in a company that markets the product discussed in the paper
      2. Financial stake (e.g., ownership, stock, stock options) in a company that markets a product similar to the one discussed in the paper
      3. Previous support (e.g., research materials, grants, or contracts) from a company that markets the product discussed in the paper
      4. Current or previous role as a consultant with a company that markets the product discussed in the paper
      5. Physical or psychological conditions (e.g., depression or diabetes) of the author that are also the subject of the paper
      6. Sexual orientation of the author for research that excludes, or includes, a genetic basis for homosexuality
[From http://research-ethics.net/topics/conflicts-of-interest/#discussion]
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