Supervisor-Student Relations: Examining the Spectrum of Conflicts of Interest in Bioscience Laboratories
Article [Author's Original]
- École de santé publique. Département de médecine sociale et préventive
Much attention has been given to financial conflicts of interest (COI) in bioscience research. Yet to date, surprisingly little attention has focused on other COIs that arise in supervisor-student relations. We examine a spectrum of related situations, ranging from standard graduate supervision through to dual relationships sometimes found in research with commercial potential. We illustrate some of the less-obvious factors that can bias supervisory judgment, and situate financial COI along a spectrum of forces that are deserving of recognition. We conclude by providing two sets of recommendations: one for individual supervisors, and the other for institutions and policy-makers.
MacDonald, C. & Williams-Jones, B. 2009. “Supervisor-student relations: Examining the spectrum of conflicts of interest in bioscience laboratories” Accountability in Research 16(2): 106-126.