Despite allegations, Johns Hopkins to move ahead with alcohol study
Unfazed by the allegations of conducting a study being funded by the liquor industry, scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) have decided to go ahead with the international research on whether one alcohol drink per day can decrease the risk of diabetes and heart disease. According to media reports, the 10-year government trial is funded by major alcohol companies through donations to a foundation that raises money for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The liquor firms have already pledged an amount of $67.7 million toward the study which cost $100 million.
According to JHM officials, the medical institution has policies that are planned to protect public trust and comply with the government norms. “The grant funding came directly to Johns Hopkins from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to conduct independent research examining whether moderate alcohol consumption impacts human health,” the JHM said in a statement. The JHM is one of the 16 institutions participating in the ongoing research named “The Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial.”
The NIAAA, a federal body under the NIH, is now under scrutiny for its alleged links with the alcohol industry. The NIH is focusing on identifying such people who probably would have broken the laws prohibiting its employees from asking for money from any alcohol company when they met to discuss the said study. It has been reported that officials of the NIAAA met the members of the alcohol industry several times between 2013 and 2014. These meetings purportedly intended at getting a financial backing for the clinical trial conducted to verify if drinking can lead to any sort of health benefits.
It is also being said that NIAAA director George Koob refused to approve another important alcohol-related study as it did not seem to benefit the liquor industry in any way. Now, NIH director Francis Collins will invite outside experts to evaluate the overall design of the study.
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