However, the CoI's are now shown as an info blip during a talk. They are impossible to read at the lightening pace... as fast as a slide of Dr. ***** ********'s unpublished data :-) that they are shown. Therefore they are essentially useless. But is does not need a brain surgeon to link the speaker to the company supporting the meeting event.
Scientists seldom declare anything...They are usually not on the receiving end of financial reward. However, they could file a patent on their work and this could have financial reward sometime in the future.I questioned a senior Scientist on this they thought it was not a conflict...in their head it wasn't but it is the perception that you deal with.
I filed one patent on using anti-TNF to treat MS with the guy who filed the first patent on anti-TNF for arthritis. Needless to say it was duff in MS but has sold billions in arthritis. Guess who has the massive house in a nice part of town.
However if a scientist gets a few papers in Cell/Nature/Science they may get a job offer with a bigger salary. So do they declare the paper a conflict of interest. No.... common sense prevails...Shame it doesn't always