University of Minnesota officials have known for years that the IRB panel that failed to investigate Dan Markingson's death was chaired by Dr. David Adson, a colleague of Dr. Olson who was on the payroll of AstraZeneca. (I wrote about this issue and filed multiple complaints about it, but they were ignored.)
According to the Legislative Auditor's report, Adson was also the consultant who secretly cleared Dr, Olson for the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. And now, thanks to a report by Jeff Baillon on Fox 9, we know that the Board of Medical Practice had hired a second consultant who found numerous problems with the way Dan was recruited into the CAFE study. But the Board ignored that consultant's report and took Adson's advice instead -- despite his obvious, glaring conflicts of interest.
For years, university attorneys and PR officials such as Brian Lucas have used "investigations" by the IRB and the Board of Medical Practice to beat back criticism over the Markingson case. One by one, those "investigations" have fallen away, and the extent of the cover-up is coming to light.
Which raises the obvious question.
What did the president know, and when did he know it?