'Chair of integrative medicine' deal puts uni's reputation at risk: FSM

The University of Sydney has been accused of risking its reputation for outstanding scientific research by creating a 'chair of integrative medicine' in its $1.3 million deal with vitamins giant Blackmores.

Announced on Wednesday, the deal is intended to honour the company’s founder, Maurice Blackmore, who the university describes as a "pioneer of Australian naturopathy".

But anti-quackery group the Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) says: “We cannot see any reason for a prestigious university with a reputation for