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A reader sends this along:

8/21/13: Saint Louis University defends Chinese malaria research linked to discredited AIDS study by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press: http://bit.ly/18WeUdN

Saint Louis University is vigorously defending a research partnership with a Chinese scientist whose work on a study that intentionally infected AIDS patients with malaria was roundly condemned by public health experts.

…”These experiments would never be permitted in the U.S. and other countries because they violate laws protecting the rights of humans used in medical research,” (Peter Heimlich) said, referring to a 2003 internal inquiry by the University of California-Los Angeles after one of its scientists was linked to Heimlich’s work abroad. “When I wrote to Father Biondi, I assumed SLU was unaware of Dr. Chen’s malariotherapy history and that the school would be concerned. When I received Dr. Tait’s letter, I was surprised to learn that the university had no interest.”

University spokeswoman Nancy Solomon declined an Associated Press request to interview Tait and the two university researchers who oversee its global health research center, a pair of former Pfizer Inc. drug discovery scientists. Both Chen and the Chinese research center — the equivalent of the National Science Foundation in this country – did not immediately respond to interview requests Wednesday.

9/9/13: St. Louis University Under Fire for Work with Doctor Who Infected AIDS Patients with Malaria by Sam Levin, Riverfront Times: http://bit.ly/1aYhAM3

With specific citations, (Peter) Heimlich writes in an e-mail to Daily RFT:

The “malariotherapy” experiments in China, conducted for over a decade by Dr. Chen in conjunction with Cincinnati’s Heimlich Institute, have been called “atrocities” by the World Health Organization. Medical experts have condemned the work as “charlatanism of the highest order.” Research subjects included prisoners who were controlled by hired guards. In one case, a woman with full-blown AIDS, suffering from pneumonia and hooked up to oxygen, was infected with malaria.

…SLU’s school of medicine was awarded a $566,640 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, to “identify novel antimalarial drug targets and compound classes that kill the parasitic microorganism that causes malaria, which afflicts more than one billion people and kills about 1 million annually.” A spokeswoman confirms to Daily RFT that this grant is part of the GIBH project.

“Why are U.S. tax dollars funding research by a doctor responsible for conducting what a World Health Organization report called medical ‘atrocities?'” (Peter) Heimlich says in an e-mail to Daily RFT regarding the NIH grant.

*Via: http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/02/16/loc_heimlich16.html

(Dr. Heimlich’s) experiments – which seek to destroy HIV, the AIDS-causing virus, by inducing high malarial fevers- have been criticized by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration and condemned by other health professionals and human rights advocates as a medical “atrocity.”

Related Spring 2003 media reports (NY Times, LA Times, CNN/Reuters, etc): http://medfraud.info/Selected-media-reports.html


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  • Matthew

    FYI: SLU is run by the Jesuits. Remember this is a community that took nearly 30 YEARS to issue a pro-life statement!

    • Marthe Lépine

      Interesting comment about the Jesuits. Maybe you need some proofs of what you are claiming… Remember that our current Pope is a Jesuit! IMHO, generalizations of that kind could be dangerous…

  • Marthe Lépine

    I have a question. OK, that Chinese doctor and his colleagues did some highly objectionable research – 10 years ago. Do we know if that research is still going on? Do we know if that Chinese doctor has stopped that particular research? Could it be that he is still considered an expert on malaria, and highly qualified to participate in a partnership study looking to “identify novel antimalarial drug targets and compound classes that
    kill the parasitic microorganism that causes malaria, which afflicts
    more than one billion people and kills about 1 million annually.” Of course there should be serious safeguards in order to avoid participating in abuses such as was committed some 10 years ago.

    But we should not forget that Chinese researchers live and work in a previously pagan country that has turned into an atheistic communist country. Therefore Dr. Chen is probably very far behind as far as ethics are concerned, particularly since many ethical principles are really derived from Christianity (I think there was something to that effect in this blog not long ago). Then should he be totally banned from doing any other research for the rest of his life? Or should the results of any research he may have contributed be summarily rejected without any consideration of their potential validity? Even if his knowledge could contribute to saving lives by developing better ways to fight malaria? What happens to such concepts as “forgiveness” and “mercy”?