US National Institutes of Health investigates one of its own institutes

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:420
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Elias Zerhouni, director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced “a comprehensive review of the management and leadership” of one of its 27 institutes, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the related national toxicology programme.

    “Congress and others have raised important questions and concerns over the past few months, and we will be fully responsive,” he said.

    The NIH will convene a panel of management consultants and senior NIH officials who are not associated with the environmental institute or the toxicology programme. “The panel will review the specific issues raised to date but also include an evaluation of administrative areas such as governance, internal controls, human resources, contracts, grants, and financial management as well as the administration of the ethics programme,” the NIH said. The review will take several months.

    The environmental …

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