Wednesday, July 1, 2009

EMORY UNIVERSITY - CENSORSHIP AND THE BUSINESS OF TEACHING CORRUPTION

EMORY UNIVERSITY - CENSORSHIP, MONEY, POLITICS, and the BUSINESS OF TEACHING CORRUPTION

In the above photo we can see EMORY UNIVERSITY administrators responding to Senator Grassley's Questions


For those of you out there that are unaware of EMORY University's corrupt dealings with Pharmaceutical Corporations influence upon academic research and that "Golden Monkey" of hush money regarding your health. Let's do a little refresher course in Ethics 101 here in this post.

Please read the letter Senator Grassley sent to Emory University on his ongoing investigation into possible corruption involving research, ethics violations, tainted research, fraud, and the complacency of Emory University in not enforcing their own disclosure policies.

Interesting and Important Information the Public should know before shipping their talented young men and women off to EMORY University for a so called well rounded education.

Link to letter here ------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Grassley%20Letter%20to%20Emory%20University%20(Sep%2016,%202008).pdf

Then there are these internal memos that were circulated around EMORY U. in a Blatant cover up attempt by Facility and Administration at EMORY UNIVERSITY in regard the notorious Dr. "On the Take" Nemeroff.

Link to Memo here ------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Emory%20officials%20discuss%20fallout%20of%20WSJ%20article%20(July%2020,%20200.pdf

Link to more another Memo here ------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Nemeroff%20memo%20to%20Dean%20Lawley%20(May%2022,%202000).pdf

Link to another memo here ---------> http://finance.senate.gov/hearings/testimony/2008test/091608%20Grassley%20docs%20submitted%20for%20the%20record/Nemeroff%20email%20on%20outside%20agreements%20(Oct%201,%202003).pdf

Internal correspondence within Emory University show that the school was aware of the fraud going back as far as 2000. Only in Nov. 2008 was Nemeroff finally removed from being the Dean of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. He continues to be employed as a full and tenured professor making well over six figures. Nemeroff appears to have made $2.6 million in income from the accumulation of payments from all these drug companies in an eight year period. He only reported about $90,000 in fees.
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NEW YORK TIMES - Top Psychiatrist Didn’t Report Drug Makers’ Pay

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/04/health/policy/04drug.html?_r=1&bl&ex=1223265600&en=80352c05b6d4b135&ei=5087%0A

One of the nation’s most influential psychiatrists earned more than $2.8 million in consulting arrangements with drug makers from 2000 to 2007, failed to report at least $1.2 million of that income to his university and violated federal research rules, according to documents provided to Congressional investigators.

The psychiatrist, Dr. Charles B. Nemeroff of Emory University, is the most prominent figure to date in a series of disclosures that is shaking the world of academic medicine and seems likely to force broad changes in the relationships between doctors and drug makers.

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To really understand how deep and systemic the corruption and unethical behavior is at EMORY UNIVERSITY. I would suggest you read this great article detailing these nasty behaviors by EMORY U. at The Provocateur Blog
--------> The Broken Corrupt Record of Emory University
Link ---------> http://theeprovocateur.blogspot.com/2008/12/broken-corrupt-record-of-emory.html

That article is definitely compelling reading, and gives you a glimpse in to Academic Corruption that is running rabid and out of control across America in our Educational System today.

"The reality is that this latest piece of brazen corruption is the latest in a long line of seeming never ending corruption at Emory University. Whistle blowers are routinely silenced. The media is incompetent, corrupt or both."

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This now brings us to the silencing of professor and Dr. Doug Bremner at EMORY UNIVERSITY

Professor and Dr.Bremner can not mention the name of EMORY University on his blog; so when you link to his blog from here. Be assured that EMORY UNIVERSITY is who he is referring to when he speaks about academic censorship and what I refer to as the "underground administrative character assassination mafia" at EMORY UNIVERSITY.

Dr. Bremner's Blog Link -------> http://www.beforeyoutakethatpill.com/


This has to make one wonder if EMORY UNIVERSITY still teaches classes that cover issues like Critical Thinking, Ethics, Moral Responsibility, Basic Constitutional Law {as in freedom of speech}, and a like.

It sure appears their entire administration could use a refresher course in each of these disciplines!

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You may ask your self why this is such a huge issue? Disclosure! censorship! Academic bullying!

When Major Universities, their research, academics, and key opinion leaders have major conflict of interest with Huge Pharmaceutical Corporations that continue to go unchecked.

Then their scientific conclusions come into question and under increased scrutiny; including the drugs you take, and the diagnosis you may receive. The medical community as a whole may very well hang in the balance, as your safety as a consumer and patient is marginalized at best and dangerously compromised at worst.

When you add in the ingredient that dissenting voices are stifled and bullied into silence; this creates a "Perfect Storm" environment and setting for out of control corruption, greed, and fraud to take place.

Link: http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/blog/grassley-seeks-more-info-on-conflict-of-interest-policies-at-medical-schools.html

These are just some of the universities and key opinion leaders under investigation.

June 25th, 2009. By Evelyn Pringle


Grassley Seeks More Info on Conflict of Interest Policies at Medical Schools


“Beginning last summer,” Grassley wrote in the letter, “I began releasing information that made the point that universities are not managing their professors’ financial conflicts of interest and that change is needed at the NIH.” He listed a few examples as:

· Chairman of psychiatry at Emory failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from a pharmaceutical company while researching that same company’s drugs with an NIH grant. The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) is now investigating. [That would be Charles Nemeroff].

· Chairman of psychiatry at Stanford received an NIH grant to study a drug, while partially owning a company that was seeking Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of that drug. He was later removed from the grant. [The name here is Alan Schatzberg].

· Three professors at Harvard failed to report almost a million dollars each in outside income while heading up several NIH grants. Harvard plans to release a report and is working to update their conflict of interest policies. [These professors are Joseph Biederman, Timothy Wilens, and Thomas Spencer].

· Host of a show that ran on the National Public Radio (NPR) satellite station received over a million dollars from pharmaceutical companies to give promotional talks. The show had received funding from the NIH and has been cancelled. [That would be Fredrick Goodwin]

· Chair of orthopedic surgery at the University of Wisconsin reported taking more than $20,000 from a company every year, for five years. The actual amount was around $19 million. The University of Wisconsin is revising its rules. [The name here is Thomas Zdeblick].

· Professor at the University of Texas received an NIH grant to study Paxil in kids, while also giving dozens of promotional talks on Paxil. This matter has been referred to Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General. [This professor is Karen Wagner]

· Professor at the University of Washington in St. Louis who was formerly at Walter Reed Army Hospital failed to report hundreds of thousands of dollars he had received from a device company to develop their products. [That would be Timothy Kuklo].

“To bring some greater transparency to this issue, Senator Kohl and I introduced the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (Act),” Grassley said in the letter the Universities. “This Act will require drug, medical device, and biologics companies to report publicly any payments that they make to doctors, within certain parameters.”

The latest addition to the Grassley list is Emory University’s Zachary Stowe, for not disclosing money he received from drug makers at the same time that he was conducting federally funded research on the use of antidepressants, such as Paxil, by pregnant and nursing mothers.

Stowe has been the primary investigator of an NIH grant since 2004 to study children delivered by women who may also be taking antidepressants. From 2003 to July of 2008, he was the primary investigator of another grant that looked at fetal exposure to medications consumed by pregnant mothers. In 2008, Stowe was the primary investigator of another NIH grant where the stated purpose was “to stimulate vigorous debate with the emphasis on the reproductive safety of antidepressant medications,” according to a June 2, 2009, letter from Grassley to Emory University.



Of the 149 schools asked, 126 provided information to the AMSA. The Scorecard 2009 was released on June 16, 2009. Thirty-five schools, or 23%, received an F. Seventeen got a D, 18 received a C, 36 were graded B, and only 9 schools received an A.


Score card here----> http://www.amsascorecard.org/

2 comments:

Mark p.s./Mark p.s.2 said...

I love the picture of the monkeys!

Anonymous said...

I work at Emory University, and all I can say is the level of corruption is absolutely insane. My advisor and coworkers constantly splurge large government dollars on vacation and gifts for their friends -- again, sanctioned by the "hush hush" administration. People here have no morals at all.

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