Two neurosurgeons from the University of California, Davis have been banned from performing medical research on humans after they allegedly experimented on three patients without university permission, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The university ordered the scientists to "immediately cease and desist" from any research involving human subjects last fall, when the two doctors introduced bacteria into the open head wounds of three patients. The Sac Bee reports on documents that allegedly show the surgeons obtained consent of three terminally ill patients with malignant brain tumors to introduce bacteria into their open head wounds in hopes that it might save their lives.
However, the university has found that two of the three patients developed sepsis and died.
One of the doctors, J. Paul Muizelaar, 65, holds a prestigious position as chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery. Rudolph Schrot, 44, worked under Muizelaar as an assistant professor and neurosurgeon.
Muizelaar, however, doesn't believe he did anything wrong.
"And I understand it," Muizelaar reportedly said, "there are people who blatantly break the rules that endanger all of their research programs. We certainly didn't blatantly trample any rules."
Research on humans is tightly controlled in the U.S., requiring a thorough approval process, which it is alleged the neurosurgeons failed to follow. Alleged violations involving experimental drugs or devices are handled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but the federal agency has not notified UC Davis whether any punishment will be levied on the school. The University "self-notified" the FDA about the doctors' failures to secure proper approval for their experimental surgeries.
The incident threatens not only the doctors' reputations but also the reputation of the medical school.
UC Davis, which has a highly ranked medical school, received $130 million in federal funding in 2011 from the National Institutes of Health.
Max Reinhart, a 65-year-old professor of Germanic and Slavic studies at the University of Georgia, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/08/max-reinhart-prostitution-charge_n_1582120.html" target="_hplink">was arrested and charged</a> with prostituting himself for $60 and for allegedly running a prostitution house. Reinhart allegedly posed as a woman named "Sasha" in the transexual escort services section of Backpage.com, a well-known classifieds website targeted by activists and law enforcement alike for its featured advertisements.
Firefighters <a href="http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Child-Porn-House-Fire-Ocean-County-137641883.html" target="_hplink">discovered child pornography</a> while putting out a fire at the waterfront home of 76-year-old Gamal El-Zoghby in New Jersey in January 2012. The <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/01/19/fire-at-nj-professors-home-yields-cache-child-pornography/" target="_hplink">AP reported</a> that the firefighters were checking for hidden pockets of flame behind the walls by pulling down panels of sheet rock when a single magazine from the 1970s with pornographic images of pre-pubescent girls fell from behind one of the panels. The firefighters <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/23/gamal-el-zoghby-pratt-arc_n_1223593.html" target="_hplink">also found </a>60 to 70 vintage Playboy and Hustler magazines.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Stanford Professor Bill Burnett and his wife Cynthia <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/dad-arrested-underage-drinking_n_1137185.html" target="_hplink">hosted a party for their son and his friends</a> -- 16 and 17-year-olds -- to celebrate a football win. They bought chips and soda, but were clear about one rule: no alcohol allowed. Cops arrived, responding to a noise complaint and allegations that there was underaged drinking. Though the Burnetts insisted that there was no drinking, the police found alcohol that, they say, the teens snuck in. Burnett was arrested and charged with 44 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor -- one for each teen at the party. Because of social host laws, parents are liable when underage kids drink on their property -- even if they're unaware that it's happening.
J. Wesley Boyd
J. Wesley Boyd, a psychiatrist who teaches at Harvard Medical School, and his wife, Theonia, a pathologist who also teaches at the medical school, were <a href="http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/06/harvard_doctor.html" target="_hplink"> arrested at a party after </a>police alleged that underage drinking was happening. Boyd said he and his wife had told the students that there would be no drugs or alcohol allowed at the party. He also said he and his wife and another couple had monitored the party without seeing any alcohol. But several of the students admitted that they had been hiding the drinking from him.
In March, Wheaton College professor Donald Ratcliff <a href="http://www.christianpost.com/news/wheaton-college-professor-arrested-child-porn-handguns-found-70827/" target="_hplink">was arrested for allegedly </a>possessing child pornography and two unlicensed handguns. Ratcliff <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/03/01/wheaton-college-professor-faces-child-porn-charges/" target="_hplink">was charged with</a> two counts of Aggravated Child Pornography and was placed on administrative leave. He taught Christian education and child spirituality.
Mey Akashah, an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health, pleaded guilty in Bermuda court on counts that she allegedly attempted to transport six grams of marijuana into the British territory by concealing it in her underwear. Drug-sniffing dogs alerted customs officials in the Bermuda airport that Akashah was carrying marijuana, <a href="http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2012/5/1/marijuana-harvard-instructor-bermuda/" target="_hplink">the Harvard <em>Crimson </em>reported</a>. Akashah said her doctor in California prescribed the cannabis for medical purposes following an operation.
F. Chris Garcia & David Flory
F. Chris Garcia, the 71-year-old former University of New Mexico president, and David Flory, a 68-year-old physics professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, were arrested in 2011 on charges of promoting prostitution, <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/professors-arrested-for-running-escort-service-for-esteemed-men" target="_hplink">Examiner.com reported</a>. They were allegedly running a website called Southwest Connections, which was based in the Albuquerque - Santa Fe area and featured information on escorts, including prices and "performance rankings" from members.
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Princeton University professor Cornell West was a big supporter of Occupy Wall Street and traveled to a few of the movement's camps. West was arrested in an act of civil disobedience with 18 others on the <a href="http://rt.com/usa/news/professor-cornel-west-people-037/" target="_hplink">steps of the U.S. Supreme Court </a>building in a demonstration against the <em>Citizens United</em> decision.
California State University economics professor Kenneth Ng openly admitted to being the scribe behind BigBabyKenny.com, a site that guides tourists through Thailand's sex trade. Ng <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/22/kenneth-ng-cal-state-prof_n_547516.html" target="_hplink">defended his blogging</a> on the site as "free speech."