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The Ethical Foundation of Addressing Scientific Conflict of Interest

by khepler Jul 16, 2015
When Oct 14, 2013
from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library,
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Sheldon Krimsky


Sheldon Krimsky is the Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences at Tufts University and the Carol Zicklin Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College. Professor Krimsky received his bachelors and masters degrees in physics from Brooklyn College, CUNY and Purdue University respectively, and a masters and doctorate in philosophy at Boston University.

His research has focused on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. He is the author of ten books, the latest of which is the 2013 Biotechnology in Our Lives: What Modern Genetics Can Tell You about Assisted Reproduction, Human Behavior, and Personalized Medicine, and Much More, co-authored with Jeremy Gruber. Dr. Krimsky has also published over 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in numerous books and journals.

Professor Krimsky has served on several advisory committees and study panels, holds numerous editorial and advisory board positions, and been awarded many accolades including election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Ethical Foundation of Addressing Scientific Conflict of Interest

‘Conflict of interest’ is embedded in many areas of public ethics. Certain enactments named for their ethical content, such as the U.S. Ethics in Government Act, have sections devoted to ‘conflict of interest,’ and the legal community, government officials, financial organizations, and many news organizations have strict guidelines on such conflicts. Yet, the term is rather new to the scientific and medical research communities. 

My talk explores the ethical foundations of conflict of interest (COI) in the sciences by investigating the concepts of stewardship, transparency, consequentialism, and scientific integrity. This framework is used to inform the current guidelines on conflicts of interest issued by the National Institutes of Health.



Part of The Harold K. Schilling Memorial Lecture Series and the Research Ethics Lecture Series.


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