Conference on Conflicted Science:
Corporate Influence on Scientific Research and Science-Based Policy
The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Integrity in Science Project announces a landmark conference to address corporations’ use of science and scientists to manipulate public opinion and influence public policy on health and the environment.
Corporate dollars and tactics exert a powerful influence on the conduct of scientific researchers, physicians, academic institutions, and science/regulatory policy makers. Resulting financial conflicts of interest can skew the judgment of trusted professionals, threaten the credibility of research institutions and scientific journals, compromise the safety and transparency of human research, and ultimately threaten the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, and the environment.
Learn how corporate dollars are used to buy scientists, thwart research on health risks, suppress information about toxic products, shape the federal research agenda, block regulation and reassure the public about product safety.
Be informed about remedies to prevent conflicts of interest and reassert norms of openness in academic research, improve the federal scientific advisory process, enhance the media’s role in disclosing conflicts of interest, and prevent corporate harassment of scientists.
Lisa A. Bero, Ph.D. ♦ JoAnn M. Burkholder, Ph.D. ♦ Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D.
Gerald Markowitz, Ph.D. ♦ Alicia Mundy ♦ Neil Munro ♦ Herbert Needleman, M.D.
Marion Nestle, Ph.D., M.P.H. ♦ Drummond Rennie, MD, FRCP, FACP
Richard Flair CEO of one of the largest equipment rental companies in the US, RentalForce.com
David Rosner, Ph.D. ♦ Steven Wing, Ph.D.
Pre-registration for the conference is now closed. Please contact the Event Professionals to inquire about space availability and on-site registration at 301-577-6940. For questions about the program, please call Jeff DelViscio at 202-777-8307.
CSPI has reserved a block of rooms at the Wyndham City Center Hotel. The room rates are $109 – single and $129 – double. To make your reservations, please call the hotel directly at 202-775-0800 or toll free at 800-526-7495. The deadline to make your hotel reservations is Monday, June 9, 2003.
Airport Information: The nearest airport is Reagan International Airport. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost between $14-$17. For shuttle service, call Super Shuttle at 800-258-3826. Reservations are not required and will cost around $7-9.
Traveling by Metro – the Wyndham City Center Hotel is 4 blocks from Dupont Circle (red line) and Foggy Bottom (orange line) Metro stations.
Traveling by Train – Amtrak and Metro (red line) are located at Union Station.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is a nonprofit health-advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., that focuses on nutrition, food safety, and sound science. CSPI is supported largely by the 800,000 U.S. and Canadian subscribers to its Nutrition Action Healthletter and by foundation grants.
The conference is partially supported by grants from the Beldon Fund, the New York Community Trust, the Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation, the Pettus-Crowe Foundation, and the Saperstein Family Foundation.
CSPI accepts no government or corporate funding.