Tuesday, May 23

Briefs


Two UCLA researchers cleared in
investigation

The UCLA Office for Protection of Research Subjects cleared two
UCLA researchers last month in connection with controversial
malariotherapy HIV research being conducted in China by the
Heimlich Institute.

Steven Peckman, associate director of Human Research Subjects
for the OPRS at UCLA, told the Daily Bruin last month that Drs.
John Fahey and Najib Aziz of the UCLA AIDS Institute were not
engaged in human subject research regarding malariotherapy.

Peckman said that the Institutional Review Board could not find
any outside evidence that the doctors were involved in any of the
research.

A UCLA statement released during the investigation last December
said Fahey “did not collaborate on the malaria studies”
and that “any claims of association with UCLA are
inaccurate.”

Peckman originally received an anonymous e-mail in early October
of last year requesting an inquiry as to whether or not the two
doctors were involved in malariotherapy research.

Malariotherapy treatment has been discouraged by the Center for
Disease Control and the World Health Organization.

The IRB of the UCLA OPRS is responsible for reviewing all
research protocol and allegations involving the use of human and
animal subjects.

UCLA hosts second Biomedical Engineering
Symposium

The Biomedical Engineering Student Society will be hosting the
second annual Southern California Biomedical Engineering Symposium
on Friday, Jan. 10 at UCLA.

The symposium will provide a forum for members of the biomedical
engineering community to meet and discuss current research in both
the industry and academia.

The symposium aims to appeal to several different groups on
campus including engineers, physicians, biomedical researchers,
business and entrepreneurial students.

The keynote speakers are Michael Phelps, Ph.D., chairman of the
Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and Gail
Naughton, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Business Administration at
San Diego State University.

Awards for the best oral and poster presentations will be given
to the best presentations about research in the field.

The event will be held in the Ackerman Grand Ballroom and
Charles E. Young Kerckhoff Grand Salon.

Briefs compiled from Daily Bruin wire reports and Daily Bruin
staff.

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