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The Ethical Foundation of Addressing Scientific Conflict of Interest

The Rock Ethics Institute

Monday, October 14, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)

State College, PA

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Sheldon Krimsky

Sheldon KrimskySheldon Krimsky is the Lenore Stern Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences at Tufts University and the Carol Zicklin Professor of Philosophy at Brooklyn College. Professor Krimsky received his bachelors and masters degrees in physics from Brooklyn College, CUNY and Purdue University respectively, and a masters and doctorate in philosophy at Boston University.


His research has focused on the linkages between science/technology, ethics/values and public policy. He is the author of ten books, the latest of which is the 2013 Biotechnology in Our Lives: What Modern Genetics Can Tell You about Assisted Reproduction, Human Behavior, and Personalized Medicine, and Much More, co-authored with Jeremy Gruber. Dr. Krimsky has also published over 180 essays and reviews that have appeared in numerous books and journals.

Professor Krimsky has served on several advisory committees and study panels, holds numerous editorial and advisory board positions, and been awarded many accolades including election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The Ethical Foundation of Addressing Scientific Conflict of Interest

‘Conflict of interest’ is embedded in many areas of public ethics. Certain enactments named for their ethical content, such as the U.S. Ethics in Government Act, have sections devoted to ‘conflict of interest,’ and the legal community, government officials, financial organizations, and many news organizations have strict guidelines on such conflicts. Yet, the term is rather new to the scientific and medical research communities. 

My talk explores the ethical foundations of conflict of interest (COI) in the sciences by investigating the concepts of stewardship, transparency, consequentialism, and scientific integrity. This framework is used to inform the current guidelines on conflicts of interest issued by the National Institutes of Health.

More information can be found on The Rock Ethics Institute Events page.  This event is part of the Research Ethics Series.

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Foster Auditorium
Paterno Library
State College, PA 16802

Monday, October 14, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (PDT)


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The mission of the Rock Ethics Institute is to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on teaching, research, and outreach.

The Rock Ethics Institute aims to help people better understand the cultural—and frequently multi-cultural—contexts of ethical problems, disagreements, and responses. We believe that in today’s world, ethical literacy is essential to being active, informed citizens, and to living vibrant professional and personal lives.

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