SCHOOL OF NUTRITION SCIENCE AND POLICY
Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy held a conference on fat-modified foods, December 7-9, 1997, that was underwritten by Procter & Gamble. P&G paid Tufts at least $50,000 in addition to the costs of the conference, according to Tufts’ Jim Tillotson. (conversation with CSPI/M. Jacobson, Nov. 1999).
Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy’s website, Tufts University Nutrition Navigator, is underwritten by a grant from Kraft Foods, Inc. (Website, December 18, 1997) Several of the people who oversee the web site have been industry consultants.
“Tufts University and Women First HealthCare introduce first-of-its-kind dietary supplement line for women over 45.” (PR Newswire; June 16, 2000) Tufts School of Nutrition Science and Policy informed CSPI (June 2000; August 2000) that the royalties are split among four entities: the Faculty, the department, the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Tufts University. Their research was sponsored entirely by a grant from Women-First Health Care, which is the company Tufts collaborated with. While the department owns the license to the product, Women-First has right of first refusal.
TUFTS CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DRUG DEVELOPMENT
An academic, non-profit research group affiliated with Tufts University, Medford, MA. Founded in 1976, the Center’s mission “is to provide strategic information for drug developers, regulators, and policy makers on improving the quality and efficiency of pharmaceutical development, research, and utilization.” (http://csdd.tufts.edu/; accessed 6/5/02)
According to its 2001 brochure, “the Tufts Center is funded principally by unrestricted contributions from pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations [and] trade associations.” (TCSDD Brochure, 2001, on file at CSPI; accessed 6/5/02) Those sponsors include Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth-Ayerst Research, Johnson & Johnson-Merck, Purdue Pharma, L.P. (http://csdd.tufts.edu/About/SponsorsSay.asp; accessed 7/10/02)