Scientific Program Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest exists if financial interests or other opportunities for tangible personal benefit may exert a substantial and improper influence on a researcher's professional judgment in designing, conducting, or reporting research. A conflict of interest is not an accusation and does not imply that a researcher's judgment has been compromised. The following types of situations describe conflicts of interest that should be disclosed in your presentation.

  • You or any of your co-authors have received, through your employing institution, support from a for--‐profit company in the form of research funding, materials, or services at no cost, and such support is the subject matter of the presentation.
  • You or any of your co-authors are an investor in a company, or competing company (other than through a mutual or retirement fund), which provides a product, service, or equipment, which is the subject matter of the presentation.
  • You or any of your co-authors are an employee of a company or competing company with a business interest, which is the subject matter of the presentation.
  • You or any of your co-authors are, or have been within the last three years, a consultant for a company or competing company with a business interest, which is the subject matter of the presentation.
  • You or any of your co-authors are an inventor/developer designated on a patent, patent application, copyright, or trade secret, whether or not the patent, copyright, etc. is presently licensed or otherwise commercialized, which is the subject matter of the presentation, or could be in competition with the technology described.
  • You or any of your co-authors have received gifts in kind, honoraria or travel reimbursement valued at over $1000 in the last twelve months from a company or competing company which provides a product, service, process or equipment which is the subject matter of the presentation.