Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has landed another big name in his probe of financial conflicts of interest in science. Today the New York Times reports on Grassley's investigation of psychiatrist Frederick Goodwin, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) who hosts the radio show The Infinite Mind. The show, which airs on National Public Radio stations, has covered the effects of pharmaceuticals on the brain. (Slate was onto the story back in May.)
Grassley's investigators dug up evidence that Goodwin, who left NIMH in 1994, has taken at least $1.3 million from the drug industry that was not disclosed on the program. For example, in 2005 he received $329,000 for giving promotional lectures for a mood-stabilizing drug made by GlaxoSmithKline--and in September that year, told listeners that mood-stabilizing drugs can help children with bipolar disorder. The producers of The Infinite Mind taped their last episode in October, but the show continues in reruns. NPR told the Times it was pulling The Infinite Mind from its satellite channels.