Uni defends $1.3m donation from Blackmores

THE DEAN of the University of Sydney’s Medical School has defended a controversial $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, announced today, the university will appoint a Maurice Blackmore Chair in Integrative Medicine who will be asked to investigate whether alternative treatments work and how they interact with standard treatments.

The announcement has sparked conflict of interest fears and been compared

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