In his invited editorial in the International Journal of Obesity this week, Dr. Martin Binks addresses an alarming trend in obesity research toward launching ad hominem attacks on both the research and the researchers based solely on the source of their research funding. He draws attention to the need to use established principles of good scientific process to identify and protect against potential bias from all sources. He further notes that rejecting specific research based solely on funding source places us at risk for rejecting valuable scientific discoveries engendered through corporate-private partnerships.
Dr. Martin Binks was nominated by colleagues at several institutions nationally to be considered for the George A. Bray Founders Award at The Obesity Society. The award recognizes an individual for significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity and for extensive involvement with The Obesity Society. The award is presented during a plenary session at which the recipient is invited to present the George Bray Founders Award Lecture.