We've written several posts involving Dr. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health including:
Senator Harkin Takes On Tom Insel at Autism Appropriations Meeting Dr. Insel and the Trick Question About Vaccines
Olmsted on Autism: Why Insel Must Go -- Now!
But There's Mercury in the H1N1 Vaccine! Curiouser and Curiouser.
Below is a post from the HC Renewal blog about Dr. Tom Insel, who is well known to the autism community, regarding a letter he had published in JAMA. We thought you'd find it interesting.
DR. PANGLOSS AS NIH INSTITUTE DIRECTOR
JAMA is out today with a commentary by Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Using indirection, Dr. Insel has risen to the defense of seven academic psychiatrists on whom an ethical searchlight has been trained for the past several years by Senator Grassley and others. With ludicrous optimism and a series of straw man discussions, Dr. Insel makes the case that things are not really as bad as they seemed to be or, if they were, then other specialty physicians were doing much the same things. Dr. Insel needs to recalibrate his ethical compass.
Why is an NIH Institute Director issuing this apologia for the corruption of academic psychiatry? Does he not have better things to do, such as ensuring that longstanding NIH regulations on conflict of interest are enforced? Why does an NIH Institute Director presume to speak for academic psychiatry? Where are the leaders of the major professional and scientific organizations like the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Psychiatrists, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and the Society of Biological Psychiatry? Why are they not stepping up publicly to the plate? Perhaps they are confounded by the awkward fact that some of the seven individuals are current and past presidents of these very organizations. Even the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences has not sanctioned those of the seven who are Institute members.
Why is an NIH Institute Director downplaying the gravity of the ethical controversies surrounding these compromised individuals like Charles Nemeroff at Emory (now at Miami), and Alan Schatzberg at Stanford? To hear Dr. Insel tell it, all they did was fail to disclose income from pharmaceutical companies. That is not the half of it...
Read the full post at the HC Renewal blog.