NIH revises funding to avoid studies with conflicts of interest

After coming under fire for funding research projects with clear conflicts of interest behind those conducting them, the National Institutes of Health has revised how it will fund future studies.

NIH released a report outlining new steps to “safeguard the integrity of its research and its reputation,” The New York Times reported. The agency will evaluate all current research projects for conflicts of interest among private donors that have given support to the project. Institute directors will report their findings to NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, in 2019.

The changes come six months after NIH halted a study that focused on health effects of moderate drinking. The study was partly funded by the alcohol industry, a fact that was met with criticism.

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