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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 05:34 PM

Research Misconduct Allegations Shadow New CDC Head

Source: Medscape - Kaiser Health News

The Trump administration yesterday announced that HIV expert Dr. Robert Redfield will lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ignoring complaints that his work on high-profile vaccine research more than 20 years ago was flawed.

The Army in 1994 acknowledged accuracy issues with HIV vaccine clinical trials led by Redfield, but concluded at the time that the data errors did not constitute misconduct.

In an announcement Wednesday afternoon, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar emphasized Redfield's care of HIV/AIDS patients and his work as a researcher, which included the controversial research.

Yet one of the whistleblowers who first raised the matter to the Army told Kaiser Health News this week that he remains so troubled about Redfield's handling of the vaccine research that he has decided to speak out publicly.

Redfield was principal investigator over clinical trials of a treatment vaccine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. The research was conducted at a time when there was intense pressure to come up with a treatment for HIV/AIDS, which often killed patients within a matter of months.

"Either he was egregiously sloppy with data or it was fabricated," said former Air Force Lt. Col. Craig Hendrix, a doctor who is now director of the division of clinical pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "It was somewhere on that spectrum, both of which were serious and raised questions about his trustworthiness."

In a letter to Trump this week, Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the health committee, cited the research controversy as an example of a "pattern of ethically and morally questionable behavior" by Redfield that should prompt the president to reconsider the appointment.

Redfield's appointment, which does not require Senate confirmation, was leaked to the news media over the weekend. Redfield did not respond to questions.

Redfield, who denied any scientific misconduct at the time, is now an HIV/AIDS expert at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has been praised by his supporters for his care of patients. He oversees a clinical program that treats 6,000 patients in the Baltimore-Washington area, according to an online bio.

But Redfield's critics said the appointment demonstrates that the Trump administration is not vetting appointees thoroughly. The first CDC head, Brenda Fitzgerald, stepped down in January after a controversy over her purchase of tobacco stocks, and former HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned late last year amid criticism over his use of government and private planes for official travel.

Read more: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/894351

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Response to erronis (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2018, 06:38 PM

1. And just when I thought that maybe, just maybe, 45* had brought on someone who's qualified

But NO!!!!!! He managed to fill yet another position on his team with someone who has serious ethical questions hanging over him.

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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 06:56 PM

2. Not that I can say anything original here, but that is 45s purpose. The least able people

to fill critical positions. Almost like he is being driven by something/someone to do wrong.

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Response to erronis (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 23, 2018, 07:50 PM

4. TrumPutin damages

The article says, "ignoring complaints", but those complaints were probably a factor in the choice. TrumPutin's purpose is to damage the U.S.

He's doing a good job for his master. We have to get him out and the only way to do that is to get the Government Of Putin party out of Congress.

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Fri Mar 23, 2018, 07:41 PM

3. The bigger picture....

A scientist whose conduct would result in his being ostracized by the scientific community but is pliable to an authoritarian is additional proof of Donald Trumps war on professional integrity.

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Response to TranssexualKaren (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 23, 2018, 09:20 PM

5. I think that shows what utter disdain that the repuglicans have for science

It's not just ignoring facts, it's actually advocating against facts.

I don't understand the mentality, the reason behind these actions. There must be a causation (scientific) but it seems more like a demonic trance.

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