Emory professor steps down from federal grants

ATLANTA (AP) - A prominent Emory University researcher is resigning his role in all National Institutes of Health grants until a federal investigation into his relationship with drug companies is resolved.

Dr. Charles Nemeroff is under scrutiny from U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley for the nearly $3 million he made as a consultant for drug
companies. Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, says Nemeroff failed to report at least $1.2 million of that money.

Emory officials are also investigating the allegations. Nemeroff has denied any wrongdoing.

Emory officials announced Tuesday that the university is creating an office to deal with conflict of interest cases. The new office will oversee the $400 million in sponsored research done at Emory each year.

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