The Rudd Center was founded in 2005 by Kelly Brownell, PhD, with a contribution from the Rudd Foundation.
Early in its development, the faculty and staff at the Rudd Center undertook steps to begin a dialogue with key figures in the field, to review available knowledge on funding and its impact, and then to develop a clear set of guidelines contained in this document. Central to this process was the commissioning of a detailed background paper prepared by Amalia Waxman, formerly with the World Health Organization and current Head of the International Affairs and Public Relations Division of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. This document integrated information from many sources, including reports from organizations such as Corporate Accountability International, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Yale University (guidelines on private-public partnerships and conflicts of interest), World Health Organization, and United Nations.
The second step was to convene a meeting, held at Yale University in August of 2005. The aim was to assemble leading people from around the world expert in science, private-public partnerships, business, law, and bioethics. Participants were chosen to represent differences of opinion on the primary issues, with the hope a consensus would emerge that would inform the Rudd Center on the optimal way of proceeding.
For more information on the Rudd Center, please read our Funding Guidelines.