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Holes Found in NIH Oversight of Conflicts, Foreign Influence (2)

Sept. 27, 2019, 5:55 PMUpdated: Sept. 27, 2019, 8:18 PM

The NIH must tighten its oversight of biomedical research because instances of foreign influence are vulnerable to slipping through the cracks, a watchdog agency concluded.

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General released three reports Sept. 27. Each concludes that the National Institutes of Health is moving in the right direction, but all three found holes in the NIH’s policies and procedures.

“We concurred with all three reports,” Michael S. Lauer, who leads the NIH’s extramural research program, said in an interview. “The work will never be complete, but we’re deeply involved with this and we’re doing exactly...

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