At the start of the year, we shared news of some rather suspect research from the University of Maryland about a particular brand of high-protein chocolate milk (Fifth Quarter Fresh) that supposedly aided in concussion recovery.
After much stonewalling, the University of Maryland has released a 14-page report acknowledging the many problems this situation was handled and communicated, stating that “the review… will produce a set of changes in operating practices in university-industry partnerships.”
The University of Maryland also recommends that “for research proposal preparation or press releases announcing university-industry partnerships, the university should not rely on claims made by an industrial partner about its products and processes without verification.” We can’t help but wonder why this wasn’t a policy in the first place!
For extensive coverage of these developments, see Health News Review’s latest update.
TL; DR version: Vox reports that “while the panel found no wrongdoing by the milk company, they determined the professor who led the research — Jae Kun Shim — violated conflict of interest policies by failing to disclose that he was receiving funding from the company. The University of Maryland will return the funding, and delete the press releases from its websites.”