Scientist Responds To Accusations Of Conflict Of Interest On Electrodes For Depression

The Knight Science Journalism Tracker, which I deeply respect as an arbiter of science journalism (and not just because it praised CommonHealth!), says that the accusations against an Emory scientist that we linked to yesterday were off base. Read the post here.

It asks for a response from journalist Alison Bass, who leveled the accusations against Dr. Helen Mayberg, an Emory neurologist who is developing a treatment for recalcitrant depression that involves implanting electrodes in the brain. The Tracker reports that contrary to Ms. Bass's post, Dr. Mayberg was indeed clear about her results and her financial ties.

Alison Bass responds in the comment below. Readers, what do you think?

This program aired on November 12, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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