Jan 9 2005 link to story Duke Officials Silenced Med Student Who Reported Trouble in Anil Potti's Lab
The three-page document was penned by Bradford Perez, then a third-year medical student and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute scholar.
The Perez memo and internal emails that are being published here for the first time directly contradict the claims made by Duke officials that they had received no whistleblower reports.
Duke officials said they were blindsided by the events that reached a crescendo in 2010, more than two years after the Perez memo, following The Cancer Letter’s reporting that Potti had misrepresented his credentials, claiming, among other things, to have been a Rhodes Scholar (The Cancer Letter, July 16, 2010).
The medical student’s memo, titled Research Concerns, is a key element in a lawsuit filed on behalf of the patients who were enrolled in the three Duke clinical trials testing the discoveries from the program run by Nevins and Potti. Altogether, 117 patients were enrolled in the trials.
In addition to claiming harm, the patients’ lawsuit alleges that Duke officials engaged in a civil conspiracy. The case is expected to go to trial at the Durham County Superior Court on Jan. 26..