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Merrill Goozner

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Merrill Goozner

Integrity in Science Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest
conflicts of interest, pharmaceuticals, food and drug administration, scientific research, medical reporting


Merrill Goozner has been director of the Integrity in Science Project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest since December 2003. The Project investigates and publicizes conflicts of interest in industry-sponsored science and maintains a database that journalists can consult to identify possible conflicts. Mr. Goozner taught journalism at New York University immediately before joining the Center. Before that. he spent more than 25 years in the news business as a foreign correspondent, economics writer and investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune and other publications. He reported from more than a dozen countries while posted in Chicago, Tokyo, New York and Washington. In recent years, his freelance writing has appeared in such national publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, The Scientist, Columbia Journalism Review, Nature, The American Prospect and The New Scientist. He has won six Peter Lisagor awards, a Michigan Journalism Fellowship (1995-96), and a Kaiser Media Fellowship (2001-02), and in 2008 was named a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Cincinnati College of Arts and Sciences. In April 2004, the University of California Press published his first book, The $800 Million Pill: The Truth Behind the Cost of New Drugs, an expose of the pharmaceutical industry's research and development practices. Mr. Goozner blogs about health news at

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