Sunday, January 11, 2015

Duke administrators silenced med student who reported fraud

Why is this so unsurprising?

The Cancer Letter reports:

"Duke University would have avoided embarrassment, a misconduct investigation and a lawsuit, had its top administrators paid closer attention to a thoughtful report by a medical student who saw problems in the lab of the disgraced scientist Anil Potti."

"Documents obtained by The Cancer Letter show that Duke’s deans were warned about Potti’s misconduct in late March and early April 2008, at the time when clinical trials of the now discredited Duke genomic technology were getting started."

"The three-page document was penned by Bradford Perez, then a third-year medical student and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholar."

"Instead of rewarding the student’s brilliance with a plaque and a potted plant, Potti’s collaborator and protector, Joseph Nevins—aided by a phalanx of Duke deans—pressured the young man to refrain from making a final complaint and reporting the matter to HHMI."

Read the entire story here.

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