China’s ‘Thousand Talents Program’ Pierces Moffitt Cancer Center & Director Must Pay with Job

China’s ‘Thousand Talents Program’ Pierces Moffitt Cancer Center & Director Must Pay with Job

Moffit Cancer Center CEO Dr. Alan List is purportedly leaving the institution due a violation of the cancer center’s rules for conflict of interest due to some sort of research work with China. Recently, local media 8 On Your Side reported that an internal investigation into hospital dealings found that a number of members in the leadership “failed to disclose substantial contributions of resources from other organizations, foreign affiliations and financial conflicts of interest.” Apparently, if reports are true, China’s “Thousand Talents Program” penetrated the Moffitt Cancer Center—leaving a trail of conflict of interest in its path.

Internal Compliance Audit

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the compliance office launched an internal investigation into the hospital’s partnership with any China research arms and uncovered a number of “compliance violations.”  Apparently, most of these were linked to Moffitt employees’ involvement with China’s “Thousand Talents” program —an initiative to recruit researchers and other experts from American and European companies.

What is the Thousand Talents Program?

Established in 2008 by the central Chinese government to r...

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