… and the basic moral imperative to call out corruption when you see it, all professors — all free thinkers — should be keeping a close eye on the University of Minnesota’s treatment of Professor Carl Elliott.

That institution spends most of its time, of course, deciding whether the common folk or just the elite can get drunk at its football stadium. But occasionally, around the edges, UM has academic issues.

Elliott, just awarded a Harvard fellowship to study corruption in clinical trials, has criticized the university’s management of an industry-sponsored drug trial. The university’s response has been, first, to refuse to investigate his claims and, second, to attempt to intimidate him.

UM has so far just done some throat-clearing on the intimidation front, but it will eventually start bellowing. University Diaries will follow along as it finds its voice.

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One Response to “Speaking of self-censorship…”

  1. dmf Says:

    thanks for covering this bio/medical ethics is often shorthand for minimal appearance of compliance with fed standards but the brave few who take their work as something other than being a rubber stamp deserve our full support and thanks. plus Slow Cures is a very good book.

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