Monday, February 10, 2014

Will Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson investigate the U?

My colleague Leigh Turner has filed a formal request with Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, asking for an investigation of psychiatric misconduct at the U. 

He points out the long history of documented misconduct in the Department of Psychiatry, the alarming recent reports, and a 2009 letter from the U's own IRB, which noted a pattern of problems with psychiatric researchers, including "problems with requesting approval for changes in studies, notifying the IRB of unanticipated problems, consent processes, documentation of consent, HIPAA compliance, confidentiality of data, record keeping on multi site studies, payments to subjects, and data management. Issues have been noted at virtually all phases of engagement of human subjects."

You can read the letter here.

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