CAM research sparks conflict of interest fears

The Dean of the University of Sydney’s Medical School has defended a $1.3 million donation from the Blackmores Institute, saying universities’ responsibility to the public trumps a perception of conflict of interest.

In return for the donation, the university will appoint a Maurice Blackmore Chair in Integrative Medicine who will be asked to investigate whether complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) work and how they interact with standard treatments.

The announcement has been compared to a $15 million deal between La