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University accused of violating academic freedom to safeguard funding from drug companies

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7313.591a (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:591
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    An international group of renowned scientists has accused Canada's largest university of violating academic freedom for fear of losing research funds from drug companies when it revoked a job offer to an outspoken British psychiatrist.

    A letter to the University of Toronto signed by 27 leading scientists, including two Nobel laureates of medicine, said the decision to rescind a professorship offered to Dr David Healy, who currently works at the University of Wales at Bangor, has “besmirched” the name of the University of Toronto and “poisoned the reputation” of its Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

    Dr Arvid Carlsson, …

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