David Korn, dean of Stanford University’s medical school, has spent a good deal of time thinking about the long-term impact on the research community of its growing links to industry. But Kom, who spoke at last month’s NIH-sponsored forum on conflict of interest, says that he has learned from those who organize such conferences that, When they ask you to talk about principles, they really want to know about money.” In fact, Korn received the loudest applause at the two-day conference whewn he disagreed with another speaker on whether stock ownership, consulting fees, honoraria, and other outside income might color a scientist’s interpretation of research findings. “I don’t think it’s any of your business how much time a faculty member spends on the road, collecting private honoraria for speeches and other activities,” Korn exclaimed, after Diana Zuckerman, a staffer on a House Government Operations subcommittee chaired by Rep. Ted Weiss...

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