Conflict of Interest
In existence since August 1995, the Conflict of Interest (COI) Office at UT Southwestern Medical Center helps investigators identify, understand, and manage conflicts of interest.
UT Southwestern and the Conflict of Interest Office ensure that relationships with outside entities do not:
- Bias the design, conduct, or reporting of research.
- Jeopardize the protection of human research subjects.
- Detract from teaching, research, clinical, or administrative responsibilities.
- Inappropriately influence the research training of students or trainees.
- Result in improper transfers of state resources to research sponsors or licensees.
In accordance with federal regulations and Medical Center policy, all research applications to federal agencies require certification that the investigators conducting the research do not have a conflict of interest, or if a conflict of interest exists, that the conflict is appropriately managed and monitored. Additionally, before the IRB can grant final approval of a human research protocol, all study team members listed in the application must submit a Statement of Financial Interest for review by the Conflict of Interest Office.