Sunday, July 24, 2016

Undead rising

Could the merger rise again from the grave, zombie-like, to stalk the poor unsuspecting employees of Fairview Hospital?  Must the poor executives at Fairview offer up their brains to the undead?  That, apparently, is the fondest dream of the Star Tribune editorial board, who are urging Fairview administrator to bow down and submit to their university overlords.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The University of Minnesota wants YOU to speak up about wrongdoing in research!

The University of Minnesota is rolling out a new PR campaign about research ethics. It has posted a new "Communicator's Toolkit" online and is encouraging us all to speak up about research misconduct.

For some reason, I find this a little disingenuous.

"(Carl) Elliott has filed numerous requests for information over the years and has published countless accounts of the Markingson case. These requests have required the university to expend untold resources addressing his allegations over and over again as we attempt to respond to his selective and distorted narrative."

  -- Aaron Friedman MD, Dean of Medical School, May 16 2013

"I looked (Dr. Judy Stone) up and can't tell if she's a wacko or not."

  -- Brian Lucas, Academic Health Center Senior Director of Communications, March 8, 2013

"Our University has been dealing with Carl Elliott's personal crusade against our psychiatry department for a number of years...  Unfortunately, lost in the marketing around Carl's books… is the fact that multiple bodies … have never found a connection between Dan Markingson's unfortunate suicide and this clinical trial.”

-- Justin Paquette, Academic Health Center Communications, June 24, 2011

"Niki Gjere fails to meet a standard of credibility for a number of reasons that you don't seem to have ‘investigated’ at all.”

  -- Brian Lucas, Academic Health Center Senior Director of Communications, December 1, 2014

“Mr. Elliott has consistently ignored evidence and distorted or omitted key facts in pursuing his own agenda...  If it wasn’t for Carl Elliott, there wouldn’t be an issue.

  -- Brian Lucas, Academic Health Center Senior Communications Director, Science, May 23, 2014

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