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… before Brown University finally removes you as chair of psychiatry?

This compromised.

Martin B. Keller, is a highly acclaimed psychiatrist and chair of the psychiatry department at Brown University who has extensive ties to the drug industry. In 1998, when the Rhode Island attorney-general’s office forced Keller to forfeit hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grant money to settle a financial fraud inquiry, it came to light that Keller had received more than half a million dollars from drug companies that year, most of it from the same firms whose drugs he had touted in journals and at medical conferences. According to the Boston Globe, Keller’s financial ties were so numerous that they prompted the National Institute of Mental Health to review its conflict-of-interest rules. The most recent publicly available data shows that as of June 2003, Keller had been consulting for at least 17 major drug firms, including Merck, Bristol-Myers, Eli Lilly and Pfizer, while also working under a $25 million research grant from Wyeth-Ayerst.

But this was written in 2005. Maybe there’s more.

Anyway. Brown finally removed him. Dean Edward Wing writes:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Steven A. Rasmussen, MD, as interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior…

UD thanks Barney for the item, which she doesn’t yet see on official Brown pages. But I guess it’ll show up here pretty soon.


Update: Alison Bass has more information.

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