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Gilson event highlights conflicts of interest in clinical trials

February 28, 2008

Paul DeLuca, associate dean for research and graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, will speak on conflicts of interest in clinical trials at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6.

Conflicts of interest in the context of clinical trials for new drugs have the potential to lead to scientific misconduct, with debilitating consequences for industry and researcher, as well as the scientific community. Nearly every aspect of a clinical trial is scrutinized by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent such misconduct, including examination of funding sources, careful trial design and patient enrollment, and review of the content of published results.

DeLuca will share his experiences in providing oversight for such trials, offering advice for researchers and describing the responsibility of the academician and industry partner to be as thorough as possible with trial procedure and disclosure.

The event, part of the Gilson Discovery Series hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), is free and open to the public and will be held in the main lobby and conference room of the Fluno Center, 601 University Ave., in Madison. The presentation will be followed by a networking reception beginning at 6 p.m. Interested individuals can receive complimentary parking at the Fluno Center by calling Devon Cournoyer at (608) 890-1621 or by sending an e-mail to by Tuesday, March 4.

WARF supports world-class research at UW–Madison by protecting the intellectual property of university faculty, staff and students, and licensing inventions resulting from their work. WARF was established in 1925 as the first university-based technology transfer office in the world.

In 2002, UW–Madison alumnus, faculty member and entrepreneur Warren Gilson bequeathed a generous gift to WARF to promote entrepreneurialism in Wisconsin. Since 2005, WARF has hosted a series of events in his name to help connect the university with the Madison community.