How deep are the ties between on-campus research and private companies? By creating public/private partnerships involving academic research, are university researchers risking scientific integrity?
Each year, drug companies funnel thousands of dollars through college campuses. There's money for clinical research, or to pay a professor to speak at a meeting, even money to buy med students pizza and soda. But how does that money skew the science that's done on campus, or change the way patients are treated? Is there a conflict of interest? This hour we'll talk about the financial ties that bind academia and industry, and find out who's looking out for patients.
Produced by Annette Heist, Senior Producer