A pile of papers do not a conflict-of-interest plan make.
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We haven't had a major government ethics scandal since Watergate, which means Americans have forgotten how bad it can be. That's why Trump may end up accidentally reminding us.
Trump’s golf course in Scotland has already emerged as a conflict.
The president-elect doesn't think his extensive business and other conflicts will be a problem when he's president. Research suggests it's because of a behavioral bias that affects us all.
Proper nutrition is critical to combatting the costly and deadly epidemics of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Food, drug and other companies often sponsor research in the hope it might produce results favourable to their products. How can we ensure such research remains independent?
Former resources and energy minister Martin Ferguson went into lobbying for that sector after retiring from politics.
When even the most senior politicians go on to work as lobbyists, it can profoundly undermine democracy.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailes stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations.
The Fox News CEO was a poster boy for journalistic conflict of interest, an executive who crossed the line between unbiased coverage and political activism with ease.
Researchers help build a wall of evidence. Conflict of interest declarations tell readers to consider the provenance and context of the work.
Picture a scientist employed by a pharmaceutical company publishing research results that were important bricks in a wall of evidence that could massively benefit their employer down the track. Imagine…
As part of pandemic preparation, in the early 2000s many countries amassed large stockpiles of the influenza neuraminidase inhibitor Tamiflu.
One of the biggest recent controversies in medicine involves the effectiveness of the antiviral drug Tamiflu. Governments have stockpiled the drug but many have raised doubts about its usefulness.