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An investigation by The Chronicle of Higher Education has found that Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, helped former Emory University researcher Charles Nemeroff get a job at the University of Miami after Emory dropped him for not disclosing decades of corporate payments. Insel's involvement took place as he was leading the NIH effort to revise and tighten its rules concerning financial conflicts of interest, the Chronicle's Paul Basken adds.

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