Many scientists were initially pleased with the idea of the research initiative, especially about the possibility of working with pharmaceutical-industry colleagues on exciting and important projects. But it didn’t take long for academics’ disappointment to set in. Once the project started, many workers at the 155 initially participating universities had to learn the hard way that different rules applied to the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI).
IMI’s Scientific Research Partners
The graphic shows where the close to 560 IMI partners at universities and research institutions are located. There are also an additional 19 partners participating in IMI projects that cannot be ascribed to a single country. Some partners are involved in multiple IMI projects.
In October 2010, two major European university associations pulled the emergency brake. Both the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the European University Association (EUABE) — who represent the interests of many of the European universities participating in the project — have expressed harsh criticism of the EU research project. Many universities left during their initial IMI projects or said they would not consider participating in another.
“Progress can only be made when both partners can conduct research on equal footing and
Combacte is a model project in two different ways. It was one of the few IMI initiatives that Michel Goldman, who served as head of the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) until the end of 2014, liked to highlight during presentations. With a total budget of over €250 million, it is one of the largest IMI projects. In November, at a meeting with pharmaceutical industry executives in Brussels, Goldman described how Combacte provides the answer to an “enormous public need.”
The Combacte project is intended to speed up the development of new antibiotics that can be used to treat the increasing number of patients with dangerously drug-resistant bacteria. The project’s core element is the creation of a Europe-wide network of hospitals where new antibiotics will be able to be tested on patients.
Unethical Study Design?
But Combacte is also the IMI project that has created the greatest recent uproar. The Milan-based Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research served as one of the academic partners, but when a dispute developed in 2013 with project coordinator Glaxo-Smith-Kline (GSK), the Italians left the project. They then published an
Managing money can be difficult at any age. For older adults, changes in physical condition and life circumstances can lead to changes for the worse in financial behavior, putting their well-being in danger. Now those changes have been given a name: age-associated financial vulnerability.
Two experts in elder abuse coin the term and explain the concept in an opinion article published in the Oct. 13 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. They also call for research to identify and help older adults at risk from age-associated financial vulnerability, or AAFV for short.
They define the condition as “a pattern of financial behavior that places an older adult at substantial risk for a considerable loss of resources such that dramatic changes in quality of life would result.” To be considered AAFV, this behavior also must be a marked change from the kind of financial decisions a person made in younger years.
“For example, if an older adult gives his or her neighbor $10,000, this many be a sign of AAFV. However, if the older adult has given large sums of money to those in need throughout his or her adult lifetime, then the $10,000 gift in old age may not
Statisticians have combined state-of-the-art analytical techniques from the academic and business worlds to tackle the Big Data challenges confronting astrophysicists and astronomers as they explore the mysteries of our universe, Lars K.S. Daldorff and Siavoush Mohammadi today told an audience at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM 2015) in Seattle.
These technical advances–called automatic explorative analysis of data–have the potential of greatly aiding these scientists as they seek to understand our universe, as well as researchers who work with Big Data in other fields, said Daldorff and Mohammadi while presenting a topic-contributed session titled “Novel Application of Statistical Tools for Big Data Analyses of Solar Physics” at JSM 2015.
Daldorff is an atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences research fellow in the college of engineering at the University of Michigan and a consultant for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and Mohammadi is a consultant with Infotrek, a Swedish business intelligence and data warehousing company.
The new analytical techniques Daldorff and Mohammadi described are being used in a study of giant magnetic loops generated by our solar system’s sun. When physicists use large supercomputers to simulate the sun, their research produces massive amounts of data, but the phenomenon of interest is usually
The fantasy sports industry is trying to be proactive.
It said Tuesday that it will form a self-regulatory group called the Fantasy Sports Control Agency.
The creation of the group, by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, comes as the industry faces growing scrutiny. Federal regulators are investigating daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel after the sites confirmed that a DraftKing employee won $350,000 in prize money in a FanDuel game. That raised questions about whether the games are being manipulated by players with insider information.
The agency will be headed by Seth Harris, a lawyer and former labor department official in the Obama administration.
“Secretary Harris is an independent expert of unimpeachable credibility who has dedicated his career to ensuring fairness and a level playing field,” said FSTA President Paul Charchian in a statement.
The self-regulation effort comes after DraftKings and FanDuel were forced to close their games to Nevada residents earlier in October after the state’s Gaming Control Board ruled that daily fantasy sports are the same thing as sports gambling and require a casino license.
Fantasy sports sites aren’t regulated by the federal government because they’re exempt from the ban on online gambling.
The $1.5 billion industry is banned in five states and has
To the competition regulators in Brussels, Google has something akin to frequent flier status. Hardly a week goes by that an injured company doesn’t deliver incriminating information about the Internet giant to the European Union capital.
The flood of complaints is coming from a growing number of markets where the company wasn’t previously active. On June 11, Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia wrote a letter to his colleagues on the European Commission, the EU’s executive, outlining some of these markets. The letter states that they include “social networks, video catalogue, streaming, mobile phone operating systems and apps.” Among the latest complainants, the letter notes, is an advertising platform, the alliance of European photo agencies known as CEPIC, the Open Internet Project, which unites European publishers, and Deutsche Telekom. It can be safely predicted that Google’s compliance with EU competition law will be closely monitored for a long time to come.
The competition commissioner claims the allegations are always in the same vein — that Google is using its dominant position to force competitors out of an increasing number of markets. It’s likely that Almunia will also have to tighten the conditions it is imposing on Google as part of current market abuse proceedings