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UMN faculty seek independent review of clinical research

The University of Minnesota’s (UMN) Faculty Senate has agreed to launch an independent and external review of the university's procedures and policies governing clinical research on human subjects.

The action, voted through 67:23 on 5 December, comes as questions continue to be raised about the policies and procedures followed in the case of Dan Markingson, a 26-year-old participant in a UMN clinical trial who committed suicide in 2004.

Of specific concern to the faculty Senate are possible conflicts of interest for both investigators and institutions, consent issues, and mechanisms for overseeing such research and for addressing adverse events.

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