NIH Defends Nemeroff Grant, Issues Talking Points


When it awarded yet another multimillion-dollar grant to Charles Nemeroff, a key figure in the controversy over conflicts of interest involving pharmaceutical research, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley demanded that the NIH justify the decision. In an August 3 letter, an NIH deputy director writes that “all procedures have been followed carefully” but, according to this article in Pharmalot NIH reviewers were unaware of an investigation into Nemeroff by the US Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the US Department of Justice. “The NIH, however, was keenly aware that the grant was likely to cause a stir and … released so-called talking points.”

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. Isn’t it time to initiate a petition addressed to Francis Collins, NIH director, about this? That someone so tainted by conflicts of interests and ghostwriting is given tax payer money so he can continue defrauding is appalling. C’mon Mad in America!

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