Three new reports released today by the University of Minnesota shed new light on the ongoing discussions about the Department of Psychiatry and the protection of human subjects in clinical research. Together, the reports show that while there are areas for improvement, patient safety has not been compromised and many of the allegations of misconduct have been found to be without merit.
The reports come on the heels of two critical reviews that were released earlier this year. An independent review commissioned by the University made a number of recommendations for how the University could improve patient protections. Those findings were echoed by a report by the Legislative Auditor that focused on the death of Dan Markingson, a drug study participant who took his own life in 2004.
While the new reports support the University’s position that research safety is a priority in all trials, the findings do not impact the continuing efforts by the University to improve practices going forward