McGill's plans for internal review of asbestos research criticized

February 13, 2012

A group of anti-asbestos activists and scientists is criticizing McGill University over its plans for an internal review of a major asbestos study that has been called into question. In a letter to McGill's dean of medicine, the group calls on the university to carry out a "thorough, independent and transparent investigation" of the original study, which it alleges is "flawed, lacks transparency and contains manipulated data." McGill announced last week it would review the study's findings following a CBC documentary about the institution's past ties to the asbestos industry. Dozens of Canadian and international scientists and prominent medical researchers have signed a letter calling on McGill to sever its ties to the asbestos industry. CBC | Montreal Gazette