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On October 21, 2013, Trudo Lemmens, Raymond De Vries, Alice Dreger, Lois Shepherd, Susan Reverby, and Jerome Kassirer sent a letter to University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Faculty Senators. They urged faculty senators to establish an independent inquiry into the suicide of Dan Markingson and address longstanding questions and controversies concerning the clinical trial (the “CAFÉ study”) in which Markingson was enrolled at the time of his death. The letter in part stated, “We have become greatly concerned with the controversies surrounding the suicide of Dan Markingson in a clinical trial at the University of Minnesota’s Fairview Hospital in 2004. The circumstances surrounding his suicide while enrolled in the CAFÉ study provide sufficient reason for an independent investigation. Other red flags raised by the way the CAFÉ study was conducted at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital at urgency to the need for an independent inquiry. In light of the absence of an adequate response by University administrators, we are hereby calling upon the University of Minnesota Senate to help address the several serious issues associated with Mr. Markingson’s death, by requesting the setting up of such an inquiry.”
News Media Coverage of the Letter Sent to President Kaler and Faculty Senators
Bill Gleason, “Send in the wackos…” Minneapolis StarTribune, November 24, 2013.