American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

From the Editor:

In an editorial by Claudia I. Henschke published in the November 15, 2003, issue of the AJRCCM (1), it was stated that Dr. Henschke had no declared conflict of interest. The Editor contacted Dr. Henschke in May 2008 concerning corrections issued in April 2008 by two other journals (2, 3) regarding the conflict of interest disclosures made by her in articles and letters to the editor concerning the International Early Lung Cancer Action Project (I-ELCAP). These corrections pertained to patents and royalties, as well as funding from the Foundation for Lung Cancer: Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment. I-ELCAP was also referenced in the AJRCCM editorial.

Dr. Henschke provided the Editor with the following corrected conflict of interest statement for her editorial, and also commented to the Editor that the funding of her and her colleagues' work referred to in the reference section of the editorial did not include any funding from the Foundation for Lung Cancer: Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment:

  • C.I.H. has reported being a co-inventor of three (3) pending patent applications filed by the Cornell Research Foundation, Inc. (CRF), a subsidiary of Cornell University, from 2000 to 2003. These applications pertain to three-dimensional image rendering and analysis and/or small pulmonary nodule computer-aided diagnosis from computed tomography scans. The CRF licensed certain of these technologies to General Electric starting in 2001 and has received royalties, of which a portion has been distributed to C.I.H.

1. Henschke CI. Medicine on lung cancer screening: a different paradigm [editorial]. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2003;168:1143–1144.
2. Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF. Unreported financial disclosures [letter]. JAMA 2008;299:1770.
3. Henschke CI. Clarification of funding of early lung cancer study [letter]. N Engl J Med 2008;358:1862.

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