Re "UC Davis suspends prof from lab work" (Page A1, Oct. 7): As a representative of the non-profit representing pre-clinical research in California and the greater Western region, I am impressed with UC Davis' quick action in self-reporting violations in laboratory procedures to the National Institutes of Health, and by their thorough corrective action in this case.
UC Davis' actions reveal the effectiveness and involvement of the diverse, federal-mandated institutional committee that oversees pre-clinical research, and the commitment of the university to fulfilling not only the letter of the laws governing medical research, but also the spirit of these laws, even in the face of potential poor publicity and federal penalties.
Such dedication is manifest in UC Davis' ongoing discoveries in medical research. And personally, as a recipient, I have experienced this dedication to excellence in their exemplary and life-saving patient care.
-- Amanda Carson Banks, California Biomedical Research Association, Sacramento
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