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Dr. Zachary Stowe reprimanded by Emory

Dr. Zachary Stowe, a well-known researcher in the field of anti-depressant usage during pregnancy and postpartum, has been disciplined by Emory University for failing to disclose a conflict of interest while conducting research using a NIH grant during 2007 and 2008. Dr. Charles Nemeroff, also of Emory, was also found to have existing conflicts while conducting research just a few months ago.

These disheartening discoveries are becoming too commonplace. What’s happened to honest, decent morals? What’s happened to working for the greater good instead of the not-so-almighty dollar?

I must say that my initial reaction was one of very deep disappointment as this is all unfolding in my own backyard. Emory is one of the most well known resources for Postpartum support here in Georgia. Without Emory, there’s not much left to the support and knowledge of Postpartum Mood Disorders and their treatment here. (Trust me, I’ve worked to find one!)

I sincerely hope both Dr. Nemeroff and Dr. Stowe have learned important lessons through all of this. I also hope other researchers will realize the importance of honesty when disclosing relationships during research.

The public deserves un-biased data when it comes to our health. Has that even become too much to ask for?

New Study to focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to Maternal Depression

Cynthia Connelly, director of nursing research at USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, is leading a $3.1 million, five-year study to identify and treat maternal depression. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, her Perinatal Mental Health Project is the recipient of the largest single grant in the university’s history.

“The various academies — the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists — all support using screening as a part of the practice,” says Connelly. “But there are terrible cost constraints and time constraints that undermine the best intentions.”

Can I just say YAY for now? I’ll definitely be writing more about this study but right now, neither of the kids are napping and my eyes are not staying open on their own very well. But overall I am excited about the potential for this study and can’t wait to share more thoughts!