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Iowa scientist stabs self?

University of Iowa researcher and physician Gary Hunninghake, who oversees millions of dollars in federal grants, is under investigation -- and also facing felony charges after allegedly stabbing himself, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Image: Wikimedia commons, Jim KuhnHis injuries, which he claimed were a result of a robbing as he jogged along the Chicago Riverwalk on April 24, left him in critical condition, linkurl:according to The Daily Iowan.;http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/05/12

By | May 17, 2010

University of Iowa researcher and physician Gary Hunninghake, who oversees millions of dollars in federal grants, is under investigation -- and also facing felony charges after allegedly stabbing himself, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Image: Wikimedia commons,
Jim Kuhn
His injuries, which he claimed were a result of a robbing as he jogged along the Chicago Riverwalk on April 24, left him in critical condition, linkurl:according to The Daily Iowan.;http://www.dailyiowan.com/2010/05/12/Metro/17291.html Two days earlier, UI police had launched an investigation of linkurl:Hunninghake;http://www.int-med.uiowa.edu/divisions/pulmonary/Directory/GaryHunninghake.html for undisclosed reasons, and on April 23 Hunninghake was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the inquiry. As director of the UI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, Hunninghake oversees millions of dollars in federal grants from the National Institutes of Health, and is currently listed as the principal investigator on 25 NIH grants worth some $18 million in the 2009 fiscal year. Hunninghake studies the molecular and cellular biology of lung disease. The NIH declined to comment to the linkurl:Press-Citizen,;http://www.press-citizen.com/article/20100514/NEWS01/5140307/1079/news01/NIH-looking-in-UI-doctor-investigations and instead pointed to their policy regarding the transfer of grants should something happen to the listed principal investigator. UI officials also declined to speak about Hunninghake's case, and Hunninghake himself could not be reached for comment by the publication. As of April 27, linkurl:Gary Rosenthal,;http://www.int-med.uiowa.edu/divisions/GMed/Directory/GaryRosenthal.html the director of UI's division of general internal medicine, is acting as interim director of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.
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anonymous poster

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May 17, 2010

How can one PI manage 25 grants? That in itself would lead someone to question what is going on with this person.
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anonymous poster

Posts: 9

May 17, 2010

The article is a little "light" on information. I realize this is a delicate matter but we are entitled to know more. What grants specifically, how was the money being spent? This is public information.
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anonymous poster

Posts: 2

May 17, 2010

Seems a bit premature to speculate...
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Alison McCook

Posts: 68

May 17, 2010

This is just a short news item reporting the events. We're looking further into the story, and will update you shortly.\n\nThanks, \n\nAlison McCook, Deputy Editor
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anonymous poster

Posts: 1

May 17, 2010

Go to http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm and insert PI name for a full list of his grants
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anonymous poster

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May 17, 2010

I checked the suggested link. Most of the awards have the same institutional title and do not include abstracts.\n\nRegarding the question posed in the first comment in this string, I would like to turn it on its ear. How can the NIH award one PI 25 grants (many evidently with 4% or less effort by the PI)? That in itself would lead someone to question what is going on with the NIH.
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anonymous poster

Posts: 1

May 17, 2010

All the NCRR listings (UL1RR, KL1RR, TL1RR) are related to the CTSA grant. He has 2 R01s and runs the CTSA. Or did.
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anonymous poster

Posts: 3

May 17, 2010

I count 2 R01s, 1 T32, 1 K08 and the CTSA award. The rest are supplements (to buy a piece of equipment for instance) or Core or Projects for the CTSA award. He still is a busy beaver though.
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