Thursday, February 18, 2016

Legislature asleep at the switch as U's scandal machine keeps chugging away

From the Star Tribune:

Another year, another day, another damning indictment of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Psychiatry. If anyone was surprised by last week’s blistering assessment of psychiatric research at the university (“New lapses in U psych studies,” Feb. 12), they probably weren’t paying attention to the previous five. Those reviews found evidence of coerced study recruitment, troubling conflicts of interest, shoddy scientific review, deep mistrust of U leaders, and a climate of fear and intimidation in the Psychiatry Department. The difference with this latest review is that it comes nearly a year after U leaders solemnly promised the people of Minnesota that they were finally going to clean up the mess.

You can read the rest of the editorial here.  It was submitted on behalf of a group of 83 University of Minnesota alumni and faculty members and scholars in health law, bioethics, psychiatry and medicine.  You can find the list of signatories here.

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