News: NIH pulls Emory funding because of Conflict of Interest

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports

Emory psychiatry professor Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff is stepping down from university research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, as the federal agency cracks down on the school’s handling of potential conflicts of interest, university officials said.

The NIH has frozen funds for a $9.3 million project on depression led by Nemeroff, acknowledged Ron Sauder, a university vice president. The project had been under way for two of its proposed five years.

NIH and other federal funding agencies are growing more concerned about conflict of interest.  Trinity faculty with active grants are asked to complete an Annual Disclosure form each summer.  Faculty are expected to review the university’s Conflict of Interest policy at least once a year and to disclose to the university any business interests that overlap with their work at Trinity and/or their grant-funded projects.

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