Monitoring Researchers’ Foreign Affiliations: Staying Ahead of the Curve

Jennifer Kirchner | May 2020

In the past couple of years, research funding agencies, enforcement agencies, and the media have increased their focus on the impact of undue foreign influence on federally funded research in the United States. In the last couple of years, the Department of Justice has reported several enforcement actions leading to arrests, convictions, and settlements with researchers who fail to disclose their foreign ties to the U.S. government in connection with federally received research grant money. Media stories regarding the firing and criminal investigations of researchers at reputable institutions like Harvard University and Emory University have been prolific.

Reprinted from Journal of Health Care Compliance, Volume 22, Number 3, May–June 2020, pages 27–32, with permission from CCH and Wolters Kluwer.

About the Author

Jennifer Kirchner is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Wisconsin. Ms. Kirchner has expertise in assessing provider compliance with the Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, the False Claims Act, HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and clinical research laws and regulations.