Thursday, March 18, 2010

I told you so...

UW-Madison suspends researcher over animal welfare problems

By DEBORAH ZIFF | | March 18, 2010

UW-Madison suspended a professor who studies Parkinson's and other brain diseases from working with animals last year, a rare move prompted by what officials called a "clear pattern" of problems with animal welfare, according to university records released this week.

University administrators say researcher Michele Basso has had a bumpy history, citing a lack of respect for veterinarians, incomplete record-keeping and instances where monkeys developed brain injuries. But Basso said she hasn't violated any rules. She said the charges against her are vague, and that the university knew that her experiments were risky when they approved them.

Her animal research has since been reinstated, but her experiments are under strict supervision, officials said.

The Wisconsin State Journal requested documents in Basso's case, which was concluded only a few days ago, after a federal agency cited UW-Madison for not reporting to them that her research was suspended.



Teresa said...

Our pal Biddy Martin sent out a big ol' email today about this today. I don't know if you're part of the UW campus, but if you want to read it, I would be happy to forward it to you.

Teresa said...

Oops, follow up to my previous comment that I forgot to type before hitting Publish.

Not that I agree with her, but you might be interested in reading what TPTB have to say about this, apparently, torture-loving researcher.

Rick said...


Teresa said...

The powers that be, sorry.

I see you already got the email, awesome. I've enjoyed reading your blog, I was in the dark about most of this, sadly. Not anymore.