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Research industry next to meltdown, charges watchdog; urges federal probe after study shows fraud in 26 laboratories, including Harvard, University of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 1, 2009
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN, 513-575-5517; 513-703-9865 (cell)

Research industry next to meltdown, charges watchdog;
urges federal probe after study shows fraud in 26 laboratories, including Harvard, University of California

Washington, DC – The next industry meltdown may be in the nation’s research laboratories, an independent research watchdog said today after it filed a wide-ranging complaint against 26 laboratories – including those at Harvard, MIT, John Hopkins and the University of California – for fraud.

"The animal research industry is just as unregulated as Wall Street was before the current economic crisis," said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. "If this system is not overhauled the next meltdown will be in research laboratories."

The complaint filed with the Secretary of Agriculture urges an immediate probe of 50 U.S. researchers for filing fraudulent documents and for performing virtually identical experimentation in violation of federal regulations.

SAEN, a nonprofit group based in Ohio, filed the complaint following an exhaustive, and detailed study of 57 taxpayer-funded research grants valued at more than $110 million over a five year period. The study concluded that these projects have a redundancy index of 5.4 out of a possible 6 when compared to each other.

The redundant projects involve the use of outdated technology from the 1960's utilizing crude procedures, which force electrodes directly into the brains of conscious primates. Many of the projects in question are also directly connected to other federal violations including depriving primates of water and the performance of unapproved surgical procedures.

The projects are funded at 26 separate U.S. labs including: Harvard, Stanford, Emory, University of Alabama (Birmingham), University of California (Berkeley, Davis and San Francisco), Johns Hopkins, MIT, Rutgers, Duke, Wake Forest, NY State Psychiatric Institute, Vanderbilt, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pennsylvania, University of Texas (Austin), Brown University, Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Salk Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, City College of New York, Washington University (St. Louis), University of Chicago, University of Chicago, and University of Washington.

Copies of the complaint and all relevant documents are available upon request.

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See also:
Redundancy and Animal Abuse funded by the National Eye Institute of the NIH

Letter of Complaint to the USDA about the unnecessary duplication of experimentation on animal

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