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