While Dr. Phibert was leading the FDA Science Board Subcommittee on BPA in 2008, questions were raised about a possible conflict of interest between his FDA service and his role as interim director of the Risk Science Center after the center received a $5 million gift from U-M alumni Charles and Rita Gelman. Charles Gelman formerly owned the Ann Arbor-based Gelman Sciences and has publicly disputed the risks of BPA.

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