Apparently the U's spin doctors were caught off-guard by Governor Arne Carlson's blistering letter to the legislature yesterday.
In that letter, Carlson blasted the Regents for "perpetuating the falsehood of numerous and extensive investigations" of research misconduct in the Department of Psychiatry.
Bizarrely, the U's communications department issued the very same set of falsehoods in rebuttal, with a few new supposed "investigations" added to the mix.
The strangest of the U's new claims of exoneration is the Minnesota Board of Social Work's corrective action for Jean Kenney, the social worker who served as study coordinator for the CAFE study in which Dan Markingson died.
The Board's findings against Kenney were damning. Kenney had no medical training, yet she had administered prescription drugs to research subjects and made formal judgments of their side-effects. Her record-keeping was “devoid of any clearly articulated, consistent set of treatment goals.” She omitted crucial information relevant to suicide prevention. When Markingson’s mother, Mary Weiss, left “alarming voicemail messages” about her son’s condition, Kenney failed to respond appropriately. She made serious mistakes about medication dosage and a medical diagnosis, and these mistakes remained in the chart until well after Markingson killed himself, after which Kenney went back and changed them.
And just for good measure, Kenney often falsified the initials of a physician when signing records.
And this is the review that the U claims found no evidence of misconduct?