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Serious questions about the integrity of research and employee conduct at University of Washington


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10/25/07

Mark A. Emmert, President,
University of Washington
301 Gerberding Hall
Box 351230
Seattle, WA 98195

President Emmert,

I am contacting you today because I am very concerned about the conduct of two employees of the University of Washington, regarding research conducted at the UW.

In October, 2006, I filed an official complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture regarding the experimentation performed by several researchers, including Albert Fuchs. During subsequent investigations the USDA discovered that Fuchs was performing unapproved surgeries. He has since been cited, and several different kinds of regulatory enforcement actions have been taken.

However, during this investigation, an internal document was generated by staff of the UW. This document came out of the office of Sue Clausen, UW Associate Vice President, Medical Affairs Compliance. This document also involves Nona Phillips, Director, UW Office of Animal Welfare.

This document indicates that during the investigation one of these two UW officials intended to “keep her head in the sand” and that at least one of these two UW officials was aware from meeting with Albert Fuchs that he would “have to lie in order to publish.” This document also states, rather cryptically, that this incident is “probably tip of iceberg.”

The information contained in this document raises serious questions about the integrity of research at the UW, as well as the conduct of these two UW officials during both an internal investigation and potentially during several ongoing federal investigations of the UW.

Therefore, I believe that the Office of the President of the University of Washington must initiate an independent investigation of the research of Dr. Albert Fuchs, as well as the conduct of Sue Clausen and Nona Phillips during previous investigations. The University of Washington document, attached to this correspondence, brings to light potential wrongdoing on the part of UW staff, and raises the possibility of an ongoing cover-up of scientific malfeasance which may involve Sue Clausen and Nona Phillips.

The credibility of the University of Washington is at stake right now. Your office can either bury its head in the sand also, or your office can take the honorable approach and commission a full and independent investigation of this incident.

I will look forward to a response from your office within 5 business days.

Sincerly,


Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T.,
Executive Director, SAEN

Cc: Carol S. Nichols,
Special Counsel to the President

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