June 16, 2014: Legislative Auditor James Nobles Announces Review of Psychiatric Research Studies at the University of Minnesota

On May 30, 2014, Minnesota State Senator Terri Bonoff and Representative Gene Pelowski Jr, Chairs of the state’s legislative higher-education committees, contacted Legislative Auditor James Nobles and asked him to review human subjects research at the University of Minnesota. Echoing Governor Carlson’s letter to University of Minnesota Regents they wrote, “We believe it is important to know how many subjects have died or been seriously injured in psychiatric drug research studies undertaken at the University and what were the circumstances surrounding those deaths and injuries.” They added, “We suggest that you consider the past decade but leave this to your discretion.” On June 16, Nobles announced that the Office of the Legislative Auditor would investigation allegations of psychiatric research misconduct at the university. He later added that the investigation would extend to an examination of the Markingson case and the CAFÉ study.

Senator Terri E. Bonoff and Representative Gene Pelowski Jr., Letter to James R. Nobles, Legislative Auditor, May 30, 2014.

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