Thursday, April 23, 2015

"I've had multiple people ask why there have been no criminal charges."

"U's handling of drug study suicide earns an 'F' among peers," by Alex Friedrich of Minnesota Public Radio:

"Had the U not behaved the way it behaved, we might not be talking about this at all," said Misha Angrist, a Duke University professor who has taught the case to students of public policy. "You can't ignore the institutional response to what happened, and a large part of what makes this case so outrageous was the U's stonewalling."

Lecturers say their students react to the case with disbelief.

"The impact is profound," University of Sydney (Australia) bioethics professor Ian Kerridge wrote in an email. "They are stunned."

Law professor Lamkin said some of his students are outraged, and don't understand how such a case could happen.

"I've had multiple people ask why there have been no criminal charges," he said.

Students aren't the only ones who shake their heads.

Harvard psychiatry professor Alexander Tsai said when he talks to colleagues about the Markingson case, remarks about the university's handling of it are often "derisive in tone."

Tsai noted Kaler's recent statement that the U's declarations about previous investigations weren't false but "imprecise."

"You can't help but snicker when you hear something like that," Tsai said.

Read the entire story here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

"Deceive the public. Deceive the faculty. Deceive the legislature. Deceive the media. But the operative word is deceive."

Former Governor Arne Carlson in MinnPost:

"The president basically runs everything. I met with a member of the Board of Regents, and she told me in no uncertain terms that it was her feeling that the board feels that they are subservient to the president, and everything I’ve seen verifies that. I think the board feels they work for the president. The faculty Senate has very, very little power. Everything is concentrated in the office of the president, so he is completely and totally responsible for this whole scandal. His defense is ignorance. That’s a stunning defense. Somebody tell me the virtue of ignorance."

Read the entire interview here. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"Dr. Schulz is an excellent clinician. He has saved hundreds if not thousands of lives."

If you want to know why families of research subjects who have been injured or mistreated in psychiatric studies will never trust the University of Minnesota, you don't need to look much further than this statement by Brooks Jackson, the VP for Health Sciences, on last night's edition of Almanac: "Dr. Schulz is an excellent clinician. He has saved hundreds if not thousands of lives."

It is not enough for Jackson to dodge questions and evade any admission of wrongdoing.  Heaping this kind of effusive praise on the man most responsible for the "culture of fear" and "intimidation" in the Department of Psychiatry is an intentional poke in the eye of anyone who might speak up on behalf of vulnerable patients.

Fortunately, Leigh Turner. a professor in the Center for Bioethics, was also on Almanac.  His response to Jackson: "I'm astonished to hear those remarks.  Frankly, I'm surprised that Dr. Schulz still has a medical license."

You can watch the entire program at this link.


Carlson: "President Kaler and his team subverted the truth time and time and time again. They did everything they could to prevent the truth from coming out."

"Former Minnesota Gov. Arne Carlson says the University of Minnesota's national reputation is in danger He's appalled by the way administrators handled problems surrounding the university's drug studies."

Watch this interview with Gov. Carlson on KSTP News (Channel 5.)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Upcoming campus discussions of research misconduct

If you are looking for an chance to raise concerns about the failure of the University of Minnesota administrators to address research abuse in the Department of Psychiatry, two opportunities are coming up soon.

The first is a "Town Hall Forum to Discuss Human Subjects Research" moderated by Brooks Jackson, the Dean of the Medical School and VP for Health Sciences.  That forum will take place on Monday, May 4, 2015, from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m in Mayo Memorial Auditorium, in the Mayo Building.  (More information can be found here.)

The second is a "Human Subjects Research Forum" sponsored by the Board of Regents. That forum will take place on Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in the Regents Boardroom of the McNamara Alumni Center.  (More information can be found here.)

Note: in order to limit discussion as much as possible, participants who wish to speak to the Regents must register in person from 3:30 to 4:30 pm in the Boardroom.  Each person will be allowed to speak for no more than 3 minutes.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"You are calling for the dismissal of the president of the University of Minnesota, Eric Kaler. Is that correct?"

"Yes, plus the entire management team that has participated in this cover-up, and members of the Board of Regents."

Listen to yesterday's interview with former Governor Arne Carlson on WCCO radio. (The interview starts around 19 minutes into this segment.)

No sanctions for Olson?

"No Apparent Consequences for U Researcher Who Recruited Dan Markingson," according to The City Pages.  

"Olson's been spared serious consequences despite refusing to free him from the drug trial after his mother Mary Weiss warned researchers of his steady deterioration. There has been no independent review of Olson himself. He remains on the faculty and continues to see patients."

Read it here.