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Hopkins’ Research Funds Cut by Feds

July 19, 2001

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BALTIMORE (AP) _ The government suspended all federally funded research on human subjects at Johns Hopkins University on Thursday following the death of a healthy volunteer during an asthma experiment.

Hopkins receives more federal research dollars than any other medical school _ $301 million last year. The school was No. 1 for the ninth straight year.

Earlier this week, the university suspended all human research studies by the doctor whose experiment went awry in June, causing the death of 24-year-old Ellen Roche.

Government officials did not immediately return a call seeking comment. But Hopkins called the action by the federal Office of Human Research Protection ``unwarranted, unnecessary, paralyzing and precipitous.″

``We strongly believe that this action was taken in utter disregard of patients’ health and potentially of life,″ Hopkins Medical School spokeswoman Joann Rodgers said.