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Lawsuit At Columbia University Roils Prominent Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Lab

Friday 26 May 2017


From Science:


Ian Lipkin
Ian Lipkin is being sued by his
long-time collaborator Mady Hornig.
[Photo: Joshua Bright/The New York Times]

Lawsuit at Columbia University roils prominent chronic fatigue syndrome research lab

By Meredith Wadman
May 23, 2017
Posted in: Scientific Community
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1226
© 2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science. All rights Reserved.

A sex discrimination lawsuit filed last week has exposed a nasty fight roiling one of the most prominent, and well-funded, labs studying the mysterious condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalopathy (CFS/ME). The lengthy list of accusations, the most gossipy of which sparked coverage by the tabloid New York Post, include diversion of federal and foundation grant money.

Ian Lipkin of Columbia University, a well-known virologist who probes links between microbial infections and neuropsychiatric disorders, is being sued, along with the university, by epidemiologist Mady Hornig, his long-term collaborator. In the lawsuit, filed on 15 May in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Hornig alleges that Lipkin for years has discriminated against her on the basis of sex and created a hostile work environment, violating U.S. and New York civil rights laws. In particular, it alleges that Lipkin took credit for Hornig’s work; diverted or misused funds, thus delaying the publication of Hornig’s research results; undermined her relationships with external collaborators and potential donors; and improperly added himself as principal investigator to grants.


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