Rejected Study Adds Another Layer To Ethics Questions Over NIH’s Courting Of Alcohol Industry
Stat has an exclusive look at a study that was rejected several years ago about the connection between advertising and underage drinking at the same time NIH was quietly wooing the alcoholic industry to contribute tens of millions of dollars for a study on the benefits of moderate consumption.
NIH Rejected Study Of Alcohol Advertising While Pursuing Industry Funding
It’s rare for officials at the National Institutes of Health to summon university scientists from hundreds of miles away. So when Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University and a colleague got the call to meet with the director of NIH’s Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, he said, “I knew we were in trouble.” He never imagined, however, that at the 2015 meeting the director, George Koob, would leap out of his seat and scream at the scientists after their PowerPoint presentation on research the agency had eagerly funded on the association between alcohol marketing and underage drinking. “I don’t f***ing care!” Koob yelled, referring to alcohol advertising, according to the scientists. (Begley, 4/2)