Saturday, June 03, 2006

Time for Tougher Disclosure on Working Groups

The Sacramento Bee and San Jose Mercury News have editorialized in favor of more stringent conflict of interest standards for members of CIRM working groups, an important element in SB401.

CIRM has so far resisted such requirements, but the newspapers say more disclosure is needed of the economic interests of scientists and others who make influential recommendations on multimillion dollars.

The Bee said,
"That would do much to ensure the integrity of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine and put it on a less contentious path."
The Merc said,
"Disclosing financial conflicts at all levels of grant review is necessary to maintain the integrity of the research and the use of public dollars."
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