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As of 3/6/2013, Michael S Wolf, PhD/MPH reported the external professional relationships noted below for calendar year 2012.

Industry Relationships

Consulting / Related Activities
Faculty member engaged in activities such as speaking, advising, consulting, or providing educational programs for the following companies or other for-profit entities:

  • Luto Research, Ltd.
  • McNeil Consumer Healthcare (a division of McNeil PPC, Inc.)
  • United HealthCare Services, Inc. - voluntary/non-compensated

Ownership or Investment Interests
Faculty member had an ownership or investment interest in the following companies:

  • Earthbound, LLC

Academic and Other Professional Activities

Faculty member engaged in activities such as authorship, editorial work, grant review, lecturing, or advising for the following academic institutions, hospitals or medical centers, government agencies, professional societies, academic publishers, foundations, and other similar entities:

  • American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, Inc. - voluntary/non-compensated
  • Health Literacy Annual Research Conference
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • University of Southampton

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