Northwestern Discloses Medical Faculty Industry Ties

by | Dec 15, 2009 | 0 comments

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine has launched enhanced faculty profiles on its web site that now include the external professional and industry relationships for about 2,000 full- and part-time faculty members. The list includes physicians and basic research scientists.

The Feinberg School developed this initiative in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, a multi-specialty physician practice. The voluntary disclosure places the institutions at the forefront of a national movement toward greater transparency.

The Feinberg faculty profiles will now include service on boards of directors, consulting and related activities, ownership or investment interests, royalties and inventor shares. The profiles also will list such activities as lectures as well as participation in scientific advisory boards and professional societies. These enhanced faculty profiles also will be accessible through the web sites of Northwestern Memorial and the Faculty Foundation to ensure accessibility for patients.

Online disclosures by Northwestern and other medical schools about their faculties’ industry relationships are a response to national concern about doctors’ and researchers’ financial conflicts of interest.

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