Professor’s asbestos ties inconclusive – for now

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Professor’s asbestos ties inconclusive – for now

Postmedia News April 6, 2012 3:05 AM

McGill University’s preliminary review of the work of retired professor John Corbett McDonald has not found evidence of research misconduct – but enough information is missing that the university is going to continue to study the case with additional guidance from the Research Integrity Officer.

The university has been under fire after a documentary on Radio-Canada recently said McDonald was improperly influenced by his ties to the asbestos industry and that some of McGill’s researchers have colluded with the asbestos industry to play down the mineral’s devastating health impacts. McGill received a formal complaint by dozens of academics, physicians and researchers

accusing some McGill researchers of being controlled by the asbestos industry.

So while David Eidelman, the dean of medicine, said in a memo he was not making a request for an official investigation, he did acknowledge that “it is my conclusion that the faculty does not currently have all required records and data in hand to assess definitively in regard to research integrity.”

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