Published: Jan. 17, 2017
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January's monthly brown bag event will feature a presentation by Pamela Rosse from the Research & Innovation Office, focusing on the subject of conflicts of interest. The presentation will be held Monday, Jan. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rec Center's Ice Rink Overlook room.

The University of Colorado Boulder encourages and supports efforts by its researchers to partner with industry and entrepreneurship and commercialize inventions developed at the university. However, such undertakings carry with them the potential for actual or perceived conflicts of interest.

Common concerns include intentional and unintentional research bias that favors a commercial enterprise; diversion of time, talent or ideas from university-sponsored research; diversion from a student’s intended academic course; misuse of university resources and the like. 

In her presentation, Rosse will review specifics of what creates conflicts of interest for members of our research community at all levels, as well as share context around why the topic matters to the university. A review of past cases at CU will highlight various circumstances creating investigations and details on how investigations are managed, as well as elaborate on typical outcomes following an investigation.

Participants will gain insight about best practices to prevent and mitigate conflicts of interest in research. During the hour session, ample time will be provided for audience Q&A. 

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to participate in networking with other attendees and are welcome to bring their lunch. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please visit the Ethics and Compliance Information website.