Nature News: Patient’s suicide forces belated university investigation

Nature’s David Cyranoski writes:

“But will this new investigation put the matter to rest? The resolution specified an investigation of “current” practices and makes no explicit reference to re-opening the Markingson case, although it mentions it as the trigger for its investigation and it includes a clause noting the special demands for “oversight of clinical research involving adult participants with diminished functional abilities” — a clear reference to Markingson.”

“On 10 December, university president Eric Kaler told the Minnesota Daily, a student-run newspaper, that he is ‘willing to take the advice of the Senate and the panel’, with the goal of airing “out clearly and very publicly what we do and have a panel of external experts validate that and be sure we are doing this absolutely as well as can be done”. But, he added, it will not examine the Markingson case: ‘It’s not a review of the Markingson case; it’s a review of what we are doing now and what we’re going to do moving forward.'”

The rest of the Nature article is here.

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