NIH Scientist Pleads Guilty

Law360, New York (December 11, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A leading Alzheimer’s researcher has admitted that he improperly shared his government work with Pfizer Inc. while moonlighting as a consultant for the pharmaceutical giant.

On Friday, National Institute of Health scientist Dr. Trey Sunderland pled guilty to a misdemeanor conflict-of-interest charge, only days after being formally charged in a Baltimore court.

Prosecutors took the NIH researcher to task for his freelance consulting, which earned him an estimated $285,000 in private consulting fees from Pfizer, according to court papers.

Sunderland allegedly failed to get proper approval...
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