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Warum die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie einen industrieunabhängigen Kongress braucht [Why German neurology needs an annual meeting without industry sponsorship]

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Title:Warum die Deutsche Gesellschaft für Neurologie einen industrieunabhängigen Kongress braucht [Why German neurology needs an annual meeting without industry sponsorship]
Creators Name:Lempert, T. and Janzen, R. and Diehl, R. and Stark, E. and Paul, F. and Wilke, C. and Tavakolian, R. and Völzke, E. and von Brevern, M. and Möller, P.
Abstract:Scientific conferences need to be independent from commercial interests. In this contribution to an ongoing debate the German initiative NeurologyFirst argues for professional autonomy and reduction of industry influence on the annual neurology meeting. Our key concern is the abolition of industry symposia which pursue mainly commercial interests and are designed to shed a favourable light on the sponsor's product. Industry symposia are usually based on industry-sponsored studies which are often burdened with methodological shortcomings including selection of positive data. The industry exhibition appears similarly problematic as it pursues a commercial agenda in scientific clothing. Giving up industry support will help us to appraise pharmacological treatments from the perspective of evidence-based medicine and thus serve our patients. Several national and international examples demonstrate that large conferences can be organized without industry at moderate prices.
Keywords:Medical Conferences, Industry Symposia, Bias, Professional Ethics, Sponsoring
Source:Aktuelle Neurologie
ISSN:0302-4350
Publisher:Thieme (Germany)
Volume:45
Number:6
Page Range:429-433
Date:August 2018
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.1055/a-0584-5717

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