Cristen Jandreau has long helped Virginia Tech experts steer clear of conflicts of interests, and she’ll also help lead the national conversation.

The director of the Research Conflict of Interest Program in the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance, Jandreau has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe (FOCI). She’ll serve a three-year term and has also been nominated to co-chair the 2024 FOCI conference planning committee.

"Having Virginia Tech represented at the national level is crucial for us to achieve our goal of becoming a top 100 global university,” said Lisa M. Lee, associate vice president for research and innovation in the Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance. “Cristen's leadership in FOCI will certainly contribute to our university's growing presence."

Lee is also a faculty member in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.

The FOCI’s purpose is to provide a national forum for discussing the development and application of conflict-of-interest standards related to research, medical education, and clinical decision-making. It also offers educational opportunities related to conflict of interest issues and serves as a resource for institutions, policymakers, the media, and the public.

“I’m delighted to be appointed as a FOCI Steering Committee member," Jandreau said. "I look forward to serving with this group of national leaders who are engaged in promoting and advancing ethical standards related to objectivity in research and financial conflicts of interest.”

Jandreau has lead Virginia Tech’s Research Conflict of Interest Program since 2019. A trained scientist, her record of providing leadership and direction for the identification and management of financial conflicts of interest and engagement with the FOCI community led to her nomination and appointment to the Steering Committee. She serves as a co-mentor for Science Policy and Research Ethics postdoctoral researchers in Virginia Tech’s Presidential Postdoc Fellowship with Lee. And Jandreau and Lee recently published an original research article examining the financial conflicts disclosure process related to investigators using publicly available databases.

A Virginia Tech alumna, Jandreau earned her doctorate in biomedical and veterinary sciences.


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