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Susan Greenhalgh – Coca-Cola in China: the Role of Foreign Industry Funding in China’s Health Science and Policy
March 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Susan Greenhalgh is the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Research Professor of Chinese Society in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University. She is an author, anthropologist, and specialist on contemporary China. Greenhalgh’s work has been recognized by several life-time career achievement awards. The BMJ recently published her article titled “Making China Safe for Coke: How Coca-Cola Shaped Obesity Science and Policy in China.” The article sheds light on a rarely discussed controversy within China’s health field over the use and effects of industry funding. On one side are those who maintain that, with the National Commission on Health overburdened by many health crises, corporate funding is badly needed and does not color the science because China’s researchers know the difference between good and bad science. On the other side are those who believe that any corporate funding invariably affects the science that is done, usually with unfortunate results. Who is right? This debate will be the focus of the upcoming China Health Partnership seminar. Please read Professor Greenhalgh’s article (https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.k5050) and join us for lively discussion