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NIH administrator resigned after sexual misconduct probe

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Science  08 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6466, pp. 677
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6466.677

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In August, Antonello Bonci, scientific director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), resigned, and the agency's director told employees in an email that Bonci would be running an addiction institute in Florida. Science has learned that Bonci's departure followed an investigation spurred by an internal complaint, which alleged that he sexually targeted a trainee and later directed resources to another trainee with whom he was in an intimate relationship. Sources at the National Institutes of Health, which NIDA is part of, said they were disturbed by NIDA's lack of transparency. Because there was no public accounting of the reasons for Bonci's departure, they said, rumors have swirled, depressing morale at the $1.4 billion institute.

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