Barinaga, Marcia. "NIMH Assigns Blame for Tainted Studies," Science 245 (25 August 1989),
The case of Philip Berger of Stanford continues. When Stanford's internal investigation could
not seem to assign blame or fault, an NIMH body has been able to find fault and it points fingers
directly at Philip Berger and Stephen Stahl. Both have been barred from serving on PHS
committees for the next five years, and grant applications from them must be certified by their
institutions. (There is that stipulation again! The auditors at NIH would make universities
Interestingly enough, Stanford is criticized for its inability to find fault with these two. The report
from NIMH raises questions about universities running investigations of their own faculty.
Stanford preferred to find fault with co- authors not at Stanford, while NIMH finds the smoking
gun in Berger's hands. NIMH vindicates the co-authors and finds Berger and Stahl guilty.
Stanford is reported to be developing new standards of team research and developing guidelines
for interdisciplinary research. These are to be released in the fall, 1989.