December 5, 2013: Petition Calling Upon Governor Mark Dayton to Investigate Psychiatric Research Misconduct at the University of Minnesota

As a Faculty Senate vote on the Markingson Resolution neared, Mike Howard was making plans to deliver a petition to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. On December 5, 2013, hours before the Faculty Senate meeting scheduled that afternoon, Howard delivered to Governor Dayton a petition signed by over 3440 individuals. The petition called upon Governor Dayton to investigate psychiatric research misconduct at the University of Minnesota. It stated, “While the University of Minnesota researchers used many unethical methods to force Dan to participate in this research study, the most egregious of them was fear. Dan was afraid that there was no alternative to taking part in the study, and that he would face a complete loss of liberty if he did not participate. The petition added, “Given the repeated failure of university officials to act in good faith, I believe that the Governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, should appoint an external panel of experts to investigate ethical wrongdoing in psychiatric research at the University of Minnesota, including the circumstances surrounding Dan’s death. The panel should be given latitude to investigate the University of Minnesota human subject protection program, the Department of Psychiatry, the Office of the General Counsel, and any other university officials involved in the oversight of human research.”

 (As of September 2014, Governor Dayton has not established an investigation of alleged psychiatric research misconduct at the University of Minnesota.)

Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota: Investigate psychiatric research misconduct at the University of Minnesota.” Change.org

 

Articles, Blog Posts, and Letters Concerning the Petition Delivered to Governor Mark Dayton

Matt Lamkin, “The Markingson Case: Investigate the University of Minnesota,” Stanford Law School Law and Biosciences Blog, March 14, 2013.

Jeremy Olson, “U disputes claim of ‘rubber stamping’ patients into drug research,” Minneapolis StarTribune, March 20, 2013.

Jane McCredie, “Bad blood of research,” MJA Insight, March 25, 2013.

Emily Smith Beitiks, “Online Petition Seeks Justice on Behalf of Dan Markingson,” Biopolitical Times, March 25, 2013.

Carl Elliott, “Why the University of Minnesota psychiatric research scandal must be investigated,” MinnPost, March 28, 2013.

Andy Mannix, “Petition for outside U of M investigation picks up high-profile supporters,” CityPages, April 3, 2013.

Beth Hawkins, “As Rotenberg leaves U, left behind is petition on Markingson case,” MinnPost, April 9, 2013.

Carl Elliott, “University of Minnesota research case needs scrutiny,” Minneapolis StarTribune, May 13, 2013.

Carl Elliott, “Pay No Attention to the Bloody Corpse in the Bathroom,” Medium, June 15, 2013.

Carl Elliott, “How to Cover Up Research Abuse and Intimidate Critics,” Huffington Post, August 14, 2013.

Leigh Turner, “Re: An Open Letter Concerning Mary Weiss and Mike Howard’s Petition Requesting an Independent Investigation of Possible Research Misconduct at the University of Minnesota,” Letter to Governor Mark Dayton, December 20, 2013.

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