Public Disclosures of Conflict of Interest
As a state agency and university, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) has a responsibility to the public to promote an environment that endorses the highest standards of integrity, honesty, and objectivity in its research activities. At the same time, independent relationships with business entities established by faculty, staff, and students present opportunities for personal financial gain and can enhance the institution’s research and educational missions. Additionally, UT Southwestern has an obligation to commercialize technologies derived from faculty research for the public good, and these activities frequently result in royalty income for the faculty inventors.
Faculty and staff engagement in outside relationships with business entities is not and cannot be inherently unacceptable. Commercialization activities align with the university’s missions. However, the potential or actual conflicts of interest created by these relationships and activities must be appropriately disclosed, reduced, managed, or eliminated in accordance with UT Southwestern policies, federal or state law and regulations, as well as policies of The University of Texas System (UT System).
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UT Southwestern requires the submission of a statement of financial interest for: faculty members, study team members (including students, graduate students and post-graduate trainees); UT Southwestern employees who may influence the negotiation or execution of research or technology licensing agreements; Institutional Review Board (IRB) members; Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members; and Conflict of Interest Committee (COI Committee) members.
Financial interests do not include salary, royalties, or other remuneration paid by UT Southwestern (if the covered individual is currently employed or otherwise appointed by UT Southwestern); income from seminars, lectures, teaching engagements, or service on an advisory committee or review panel sponsored by a federal, state, or local government agency, an institution of higher education as defined by 20 U.S.C. 1001(a), an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute affiliated with an institution of higher education; income from investment vehicles such as mutual funds or retirement accounts in which the covered individual does not directly control investment decisions made in those vehicles; or travel reimbursed or sponsored by a federal, state, or local government agency, an institution of higher education as defined by 20 U.S.C. 1001(a), an academic teaching hospital, a medical center, or a research institute that is affiliated with an institution of higher education.
In publicly disclosing this information, UT Southwestern tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its faculty member’s connections with business entities and those of their immediate family members. The information presented on this website may differ somewhat from information in other publicly available databases. Some discrepancies may arise from different reporting periods, different definitions, or different reporting requirements. Patients should feel free to contact their doctor about relationships with business entities, such as pharmaceutical and device companies, and how these relationships are overseen by the UT Southwestern. Inquiries about this website or how UT Southwestern manages collaborations with business entities should be directed to the Conflict of Interest Office at ConflictOfInt@mednet.swmed.edu.