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It was all about money. That’s how Bruce I. Diamond, Ph.D., describes how he, a distinguished professor and clinical researcher, ended up in prison for theft and misrepresentation.
Dr. Diamond, a pharmacologist, is a former professor with the department of psychiatry and former director of the neuropsychopharmacology laboratory at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG). During his career, Dr. Diamond received numerous awards and honors, and he published more than 80 book chapters and articles related to the central nervous system. He was a highly regarded investigator who was trusted by pharma companies for the high-quality studies he and his partner conducted for the treatment of schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and other CNS disorders.
But it was the lure of money that led Dr. Diamond to breach the standards of good clinical practice and to misappropriate funds. Dr. Diamond and his research partner, Richard Borison, M.D., used research funding that should have gone to the MCG and the Veterans Administration (VA) to set up their own private research organization.
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Bruce I. Diamon, Ph.D., former professor Medical College of Georgia