St. Paul, Minn – Today the Office of the Legislative Auditor presented an update to the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on reforms being undertaken at the University of Minnesota, in the area of human research testing and in the Department of Psychiatry. The update is the second report from the OLA presented to the Committee this year. The Legislative Auditor stated this progress is the beginning and there is much work to do. The Committee Members and the Auditor renewed their request for urgency.
Chair of the Higher Education Committee, Senator Terri Bonoff (DFL-Minnetonka) praised the continued efforts by the OLA and the U of M in addressing concerns and improving conditions in its research practices.
“I appreciate the work of both the Legislative Auditor and the University Leadership and Faculty to tackle the significant and needed reforms associated with human subject research. This is critically important to the mission of our University and State. The University must fulfill its commitment to be a national leader in research ethics. As these reforms continue to take place, the legislature must continue its role to provide oversight and input when needed. Although I will not be serving as Chair next session, I urge my colleagues to continue this important oversight in the coming months and years,” said Sen. Bonoff.