Conflict of interest declaration: Robin Christensen

Updated on: 17 February 2021

Roles in: Musculoskeletal Group

1. In the past 36 months have you accepted the following from a commercial organisation with a financial interest in the broad topic area of the CRG?

a) Support for attending meetings, including sabbaticals and study tours (this covers travel, accommodation and/or hospitality)?
No

b) Payment or honoraria for lectures, presentations, speakers bureaus, manuscript writing, or educational events?
No

c) Fees for organising education?
No

d) Grants and contracts?
No

e) Funds for a member of staff?
No

f) Fees for consulting?
No

g) Royalty or licences payments?
No

h) Payment for expert testimony?
No

i) Payment for a fellowship?
No

j) Payment for participation on a Data Safety Monitoring Board, Advisory Board, or Guideline Panel?
No

k) Payment for a leadership or other fiduciary role in other board, society, committee, or advocacy group?
No

2. In the past 36 months have you, your spouse/partner or an immediate family member been employed by or do you or they own a commercial organization with a financial interest in the broad topic area of the CRG?
No

3. Do you own stocks or shares in a commercial organization with a financial interest in the broad topic area of the CRG?
No

4. Do you hold any patents (planned, issued or pending) for products relevant to the broad topic area of the CRG?
No

5. Do you have any other competing interests (financial or non-financial)?
Yes - I am involved in many health-care initiatives and research that could benefit from wide uptake of this publication (including Cochrane, OMERACT, IDEOM, RADS, and the GRADE Working Group). Musculoskeletal Statistics Unit, The Parker Institute is grateful for the financial support received from public and private foundations, companies and private individuals over the years. The Parker Institute is supported by a core grant from the Oak Foundation; The Oak Foundation is a group of philanthropic organizations that, since its establishment in 1983, has given grants to not-for-profit organizations around the world. Apart from the director of the Institute, who is employed by the Capital Region H of Denmark, all staff is employed on the basis of grants from public and private foundations. Over the years, funding has been obtained from many different sources, including a generous, basic grant from the Oak Foundation. While the Parker Institute mostly engages in investigator initiated research, members of the staff participate in a number of international, industry sponsored projects. Much of the clinical research is carried out in collaboration with the out patients clinic of the Department of Rheumatology at the Bispebjerg & Frederiksberg Hospital, while some experimental studies take place at the Institute proper. The research of The Parker Institute is subjected to a yearly evaluation by an international scientific advisory board established by The Oak Foundation.