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After Paying HHS $1.45M, UNLV Enhances Award Oversight; OIG Touts Self-Disclosure

Nearly four years after noticing spending “irregularities” by a principal investigator (PI), the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) entered into a settlement agreement[1] with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), refunding $1.07 million and paying a penalty of almost $400,000.[2] The four awards at issue—three from NIH and…

New Bill Continues Crackdown on Foreign Influence on US Research

A bill introduced in the Senate in April (Strategic Competition Act of 2021, Section 138) seeks to subject US universities’ foreign grants, contracts and gifts to increased oversight by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is an interagency committee that reviews foreign investments in…

Foreign influence bill’s next stop: Governor’s desk

The bill names China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and Syria as “foreign countries of concern.” Foreign researchers and funding at Florida’s research institutions could soon face extra scrutiny. The Senate unanimously cleared a bill (HB 7017) Monday outlining rules and procedures to keep adverse foreign influence at bay…

Mathematics Professor and University Researcher Indicted for Grant Fraud

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, a federal grand jury in Carbondale, Ill. returned an indictment charging a mathematics professor and researcher at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (SIUC) with two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement. According to court documents,…

Too much unhealthy media coverage of medical tests

A large global study published today in the leading US medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine finds the media is often failing to cover the potential harms of new medical tests which are designed to detect the early signs of disease in healthy people. The study also found media stories often fail to…

College of Medicine TEAMS Regional Physicians to begin disclosing in UFOLIO

The COI Program is excited to announce that TEAMS physicians in the College of Medicine Regional Physician Network have been given access to disclose in UFOLIO. All TEAMS physicians have been notified of their new access and should submit disclosures of outside activities and interests by April 30, 2021. If…

Doctors Debate Use of Blood Thinners to Prevent Clots in Women After C-Sections

Nearly all women who deliver babies through cesarean section at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City receive injections of the blood thinner heparin for weeks after the procedure, to prevent potentially life-threatening blood clots. Obstetric leaders there say that’s good medical practice because the formation of those…