Scrutiny of Research-Related Conflicts of Interest is on the rise and industry-funded research is increasing, resulting in the nature and complexity of relationships between sponsors and physician-researchers growing more intertwined. While these relationships can be beneficial to patients, physicians, industry and institutions, appropriate management is critical to ensure the credibility of research, the reputation of investigators and institutions and their ability to receive funding. Research administrators and leaders are challenged on a daily basis to maintain an up to date understanding of the dynamic and lucrative relationships between investigators, their staff and the sponsors of research while providing patients and institutions with comfort that these financial arrangements do not compromise the integrity of the research. Each environment has its own tolerance level and culture, but the scrutiny of these arrangements is increasing daily and every institution must have a process in place. Questions that will be examined include: how to maintain a current view of personal arrangements with sponsors; how to gain the trust and buy-in of investigators when you are seeking personal financial information; how to develop and maintain effective management plans; what are the advantages and disadvantages of the range of options to manage COIs- ranging from bans on personal services to industry sponsors, annual caps, public notifications, patient notification, staff notification, etc. In the post-Sloan Kettering environment, it is time to review your institutional process and determine what changes should be made.Learning Objectives:
- Identify possible COIs in the research landscape
- Understand he risks of unmanaged COIs to investigators and institutions
- Understand the range of possible COI management options
- Learn to build trust with investigators around the COI management process
All LevelsDiscussion Leaders:
Moderator: Timothy L. Gehret
, JD, Esq., Contracting Officer, GTRI Directorate, Office of Sponsored Programs, Georgia Institute of Technology
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