On the eve of World Obesity Day, join us to unravel the role of corporate interests in influencing public perception of science, particularly health research.
Event type: Panel
Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 6 – 7.30pm
Venue: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium (D17), John Hopkins Drive (off Missenden Rd). Note: if you're walking to the Auditorium, it is next to the ovals (via Ross St entrance).
Cost: Free and open to all with online registrations required
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Please note: while there is some parking available within the University next to the building, at New Law Building carpark, behind RPA, at Broadway and some street parking, spaces are limited so we suggest using public transport whenever possible.
Science, including health research, has been particularly susceptible to “Truth Decay” – the increasing reliance on opinion over fact. How have we reached a point where the public does not know what to believe about immunisation, dietary recommendations, the effectiveness of drugs, or the harms of chemicals? Conflicts of interest and bias are two key drivers of Truth Decay related to health. Corporate interests have a long, long history of influencing how people understand science – particularly science as it relates to their products or profits.
This event will explore the role of corporate interests in influencing the production, dissemination and use of health evidence and describe systemic changes that are needed to fight Truth Decay in order to address large scale and complex problems. Delivered on the eve of World Obesity Day, this event will consider the impact of Truth Decay on the obesity epidemic, the role of media in an environment that promotes obesity, and what’s needed to tackle this challenging problem.
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