University of Minnesota Trying To Improve Human Research Protections


After years of scandals in University of Minnesota psychiatric research that have been investigated, documented and publicized by MIA Blogger Carl Elliott, University of Minnesota officials act to ban physicians from taking consulting fees from pharmaceutical companies that are sponsoring their research, invest millions in human research protection efforts, deny it took them the past 11 years to make changes, get investigated for breaches of privacy law, and are criticized in a new report from the Legislative Auditor.

Elliott has posted discussions and links to all the developments on Fear and Loathing in Bioethics.

University of Minnesota to bar researchers from getting consulting fees from pharma companies that sponsor their research (Fear and Loathing in Bioethics, June 13, 2015)

“While the changes we are making to our human subjects research protections do indeed have roots in the Markingson case 11 years ago, it would be incorrect to state that it took us 11 years to investigate or to make any changes related to this issue,” says Brian Lucas. (Fear and Loathing in Bioethics, June 15, 2015)

The price of greatness (Fear and Loathing in Bioethics, June 17, 2015)

Schulz and Olson under investigation for possible breach of privacy law (Fear and Loathing in Bioethics, June 18, 2015)

Legislative Auditor finds more evidence of poor oversight of psychiatric research at the U (Fear and Loathing in Bioethics, June 18, 2015)