Query re conflicts of interest

From: Gavin Giovannoni [mailto:g.giovannoni@qmul.ac.uk]
Sent: 16 August 2011 08:18
To: ‘eitanman1@gmail.com’
Subject: Query
Dear Dr Auriel
There is a query on our blog about whether or not you have any conflicts of interest in relation to your recent publication on CCSVI. Would it be possible to leave a post on this issue on the blog? Thanks.
Please use the following URL:
With best wishes
Gavin Giovannoni
Prof. of Neurology, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London

4 thoughts on “Query re conflicts of interest”

  1. For teams researching CCSVI, would you consider it a conflict of interest if the researchers had on-going financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies (eg Biogen, Novartis, Serono etc). I don’t mean the pharma companies funding the CCSVI research, but more generally providing funding to the institution or people doing the research?

  2. Re: "For teams researching CCSVI, would you consider it a conflict of interest if the researchers had on-going financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies…"No. Why would pharma funding affect their research on CCSVI? If it did it would be tantamount to a conspiracy. Surely this would also apply to other areas of research that are unrelated to CCSVI, e.g. vitamin D & EBV? As far as I am concerned there is no evidence that CCSVI researchers are trying to prevent anything but the facts from emerging.

  3. Re: "Dr Auriel isn't very chatty is he? What has he got to hide?"I agree; the lack of response is not good form. It may indicate a non-disclosure.

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