U of M sets out plan to revamp heavily-criticized human research trials

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The University of Minnesota released a final draft of plans to tighten up protections for those taking part in its human testing trials.

The U suspended enrollment in trials in March, after two scathing studies into its Department of Psychiatry highlighted serious issues with the way it handled the case of Dan Markingson, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He took his own life in 2004 while taking part in a drug trial.

It launched a review in the wake of the reports with the aim of tightening up procedures so that human research subjects across all its departments are better protected, while conflicts of interest are minimized and ethical standards are upheld.

Following a two-week public comment period, it released its final draft on Tuesday, which will be put before its Board of Regents later this week. In the plan, the U will spend almost $8 million over two years (plus additional costs in the following…

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