publication date: Apr. 26, 2019

Conversation with The Cancer Letter

Pisters: “Trust is broken when a grant reviewer decides that an idea should be better done elsewhere”

 Peter Pisters2

Peter WT Pisters

President, MD Anderson Cancer Center

 

As MD Anderson investigates reports of wrongdoing by its faculty members, it does so with full understanding that the stakes are as high as it gets: the integrity of the NIH peer review system, MD Anderson’s good name, and the future of cancer research.

“We have had a very thoughtful, very deliberate, and collaborative process involving the UT System in order to ensure that we follow our policies and procedures and that we do so with the utmost concern for doing the right thing for our faculty, for our institutional reputation, and for our NIH funding,” MD Anderson President Peter WT Pisters said to The Cancer Letter.

 

Pisters spoke with Paul Goldberg, editor and publisher of The Cancer Letter:

 

Paul Goldberg:

MD Anderson has taken administrative action against several faculty members. Can you tell me where this matter currently stands?

Peter Pisters:

As you know, NIH Director Francis Collins sent a letter to over 10,000 institutions in August of 2018 outlining the NIH’s concerns regarding the threat of foreign influence, and conveying concerns about the integrity of the peer review process.

Pursuant to that letter, MD … Continue reading Pisters: “Trust is broken when a grant reviewer decides that an idea should be better done elsewhere”

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