UCSD Sues USC, Alzheimer’s Researcher

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UCSD Sues USC, Alzheimer’s Researcher

Coverage of UCSD’s lawsuit against USC and Dr. Paul Aisen:

UCSD will ask court to protect Alzheimer’s data (San Diego Tribune)
“UC San Diego says it will seek a temporary restraining order against a former professor and the University of Southern California to prevent them from changing data the campus has been collecting in a landmark study of Alzheimer’s disease. The announcement comes less than a week after UC San Diego sued neuroscientist Paul Aisen, eight of his campus colleagues and USC in a lawsuit that says they conspired to take over the nationwide Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), which has been based at UC San Diego since 1991.” Full article

UCSD sues USC, noted Alzheimer’s researcher (San Diego Tribune)
“UC San Diego on Thursday sued the University of Southern California and a nationally recognized Alzheimer’s disease researcher, saying they illegally conspired to take over a major Alzheimer’s study it is running. The lawsuit, filed in San Diego Superior Court through the UC Regents, also names as defendants eight colleagues of the scientist, Dr. Paul Aisen. He left UC San Diego to head a new Alzheimer’s institute founded by USC in San Diego, bringing the eight with him. While universities commonly recruit or poach faculty from each other, lawsuits arising from the recruitment are much rarer. This lawsuit says USC and the other defendants went beyond recruitment to commit a variety of illegal acts, including interference with contract, breach of duty of loyalty by employee, commission of computer crimes and civil conspiracy. UC San Diego said it has been deprived of access to data for the Alzheimer’s project because of the actions of Aisen and the other defendants.” Full article

Deeper Issues Underlie UC San Diego Lawsuit Over Raid by USC (Xconomy)
“UC San Diego expected to retain the Alzheimer’s study, and immediately named two UCSD physician-scientists, William Mobley and Michael Raffi, to step in for Aisen as interim co-directors. The study began in 1991 as a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and UC San Diego. The NIA renewed its funding for the study in 2013 through a five-year grant of up to $55 million, and UC San Diego says additional funding from private sources have raised the total value of the contract to $100 million. But since Aisen resigned, UC San Diego has been unable to access data for the Alzheimer’s project, according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained over the weekend by Xconomy.” Full article

UCSD sues USC, and researcher over major Alzheimer’s study (MyNewsLA)
“The University of California is seeking an unspecified amount of money, to be determined through a jury trial. USC has denied wrongdoing and said it simply recruited a prestigious scientist, an activity that academic institutions routinely perform. “We are surprised and disappointed that the University of California San Diego elected to sue its departing faculty member and his team, as well as USC, rather than manage this transition collaboratively, as is the well- accepted custom and practice in academia,” USC said in a statement.”
Full article

July 6th, 2015|