n-commentU.K. Science Funding

Tobacco Funding Debate Smolders

Science  04 Oct 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5284, pp. 28
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5284.28


Britain's medical research establishment has been embroiled in a row that has been smoldering since early summer over tobacco-industry funding for academic research. The row was sparked when Cambridge University decided to accept $2.5 million from British American Tobacco (BAT) Industries to support a new professorship in international relations. The Medical Research Council (MRC) was drawn into the fray when it was reported that it had accepted $220,000 from BAT for a study of the potential benefits of nicotine in people at risk of Alzheimer's disease. The MRC and the Cancer Research Campaign promised to announce new policies on tobacco funding last week, but instead they issued separate statements saying that they need more time to study the issues.