Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hold the date: symposium on Condoleezza Rice visit

Wednesday, April 23, 4:30-6:00 PM, in Cowles Auditorium in the Humphrey School.  More information coming soon.

Friday, April 18, 2014

This is what "ethics" at the FDA looks like

Remember the prenatal dex controversy, and the ugly role played by the American Journal of Bioethics?  It just got worse.  Read about it on the Impact Ethics blog.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 25 Event at the U: When Research Subjects Die: The Case of Dan Markingson

When Research Subjects Die: The Case of Dan Markingson

Presentation and Discussion
Carl Elliott (Center for Bioethics) and Families of Psychiatric Research Subjects

Date: Friday, April 25, 12:15 to 1:15
Place: Moos 2-520, University of Minnesota

Sponsored by Advancing Urban Health Equity

You can find a link to a Facebook event for the presentation here; please use it to invite your friends and acquaintances.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An expert on civil rights? Seriously?

 Samuel L. Myers Jr., the Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, writes this about the upcoming "civil rights" lecture by Condoleezza Rice:

"The University of Minnesota could have gotten for free a true hero of the civil rights movement: my Dad and role model, Samuel Myers Sr., the first African American to earn the Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1949. He was assigned to an Army base in Louisiana and protested the exclusion of black officers from the officers' club, nearly resulting in his court martial. He fought for the creation of federal funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) during his tenure as the president of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. As a foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department, long before Rice arrived, and then as the financial adviser to Latin America in the Agency for International Development, this man fought the lonely battles -- often jeopardizing his career -- to redress racial discrimination segregation."

Amen.

(Even better: read the open letter to Rice from Myers.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Let's hit them where it hurts: Operation Gopher the Wallet

First, thanks to all of you who have called Governor Dayton or the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. We are very grateful for your help in demanding action to protect research subjects at the university. Today, we are rolling out the second phase of our campaign, and we need to ask for your help again.

If we are going to get action, we need to hit the university where it hurts: the wallet. Over the past week, some of us have begun writing to major donors. We are asking them to consider ending their donations to the university unless the administration takes action to protect psychiatric research subjects.  We hope you will consider doing the same.

At this link, you will find a list of major donors, along with addresses, phone numbers, and in some cases, email addresses.  We would like for you to write, call or email them. Of course, you are entirely free to compose your own letter or email. But if you need help, we have prepared a template for a letter or email that you can find at this link.  

You might also want to send copies of articles about the Dan Markingson scandal and other issues. Among the articles you might consider are:

For the sake of efficiency, we would like to keep track of which donors have been contacted. So when you call or write to a donor, please leave a comment at www.danmarkingson.com or send an email to me at my university email address. 

Again, thank you very much.  It has been a hard battle, and we could not have fought it for so long without your help.
 

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Read the statement on the upcoming Condoleeza Rice visit  here.  And the MinnPost coverage here.

"This was not research misconduct lite – this was the real deal and what has been happening is, by any measure, a cover-up extraordinaire."

Psychiatrist Mickey Nardo writes:

"A research program that condones or allows that kind of recruitment and inclusion deserves thorough investigation, and perhaps shutting down. The University wants to limit the investigation they have been forced into to remain limited to the program now – not what happened then. That allows Dr. Olson to continue to aver that they did "nothing wrong" and Dr. Schultz to make tapes like the one above selling that academic programs [his academic program] as the right places to do clinical trials. That should be true, but in this case, it wasn’t. This was not research misconduct lite – this was the real deal and what has been happening is, by any measure, a cover-up extraordinaire."

If you have not been following Nardo's blog posts on the Markingson scandal, it is time to start.  Today's post gets right to the heart of the issue.

And don't forget to scroll down to the comments by Bernard Carroll, former chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University, who writes: "We might even go further and say that Dan Markingson was viewed as a commodity and a means to obtain funding. Meeting the protocol conditions took precedence over sensible clinical decisions… it’s not as though there were no warning signs leading up to his death."