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University of Maryland Medical System paid $115M to companies tied to 27 board members

A new review of the University of Maryland Medical System’s finances uncovered more financial dealings between board members and their organizations than previously known ― revealing nearly $115 million in payments to more than two dozen board members and their related businesses in recent years. The state’s Office of Legislative…

Universities are forging ties with the FBI as US cracks down on foreign influence

Public institutes are responding to allegations of interference in research by foreign governments, especially China. US universities are forging closer ties with FBI agents, encouraging scientists to disclose foreign sources of research funding, and tightening restrictions on researchers’ travel, according to administrators contacted by Nature. The new measures follow an unprecedented…

University Professor Arrested

FRIEDMAN UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR Charles M. Lieber—a much-honored leader in nanoscale science and bio-compatible electronics, and chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology—was arrested on January 28, charged with misleading investigators from the Department of Defense about his work for a Chinese government-sponsored program designed to identify and support…

Improving researchers’ conflict of interest declarations

Transparency of financial interests is expected in medical research, but our ability to assess bias is limited because disclosures are incomplete, inconsistent, and difficult to access at scale. True transparency involves more than just making conflict of interest disclosures available; they also need to be accessible, accurate, complete, and clear…

When DOJ’s China Initiative Entangles US Research Orgs

In January, another decorated academic from a prestigious American research institution found himself in the crosshairs of a criminal inquiry stemming from alleged undisclosed affiliations with Chinese institutions. On Jan. 28, federal agents arrested Professor Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s chemistry and chemical biology department, and charged him with…

UC professors fail to report outside income, shortchanging the university system

For nearly two decades, Dr. Neal Hermanowicz has led the movement disorders program at UC Irvine, where he earns more than $380,000 a year in salary and bonuses. The widely respected expert on Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases adds to his income by consulting for drug companies. Since 2014, 11 pharmaceutical…

UFOLIO Early Adopters

The COI Program would like to extend sincere thanks to the following departments and colleges that have kindly agreed to serve as early adopters of UFOLIO: Anesthesiology Department College of the Arts College of Business College of Education College of Engineering College of Journalism and Communications College of Law College…

New Assistant Vice President for Conflicts of Interest

Gary Wimsett, Jr., JD, has been named Assistant Vice President for Conflicts of Interest for UF. In this role, Gary will oversee the further development and full implementation of UFOLIO, UF’s online interest organizer for outside activity and financial interest disclosures. In addition, Gary’s new office will become a…

UFOLIO

In an effort to streamline, modernize and standardize the way employees report their activities and financial interests, the University of Florida introduced UFOLIO (UF Online Interest Organizer), a new online activities and interests reporting system, which was launched in the Fall of 2019. UFOLIO replaces paper…