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USC to pay UC San Diego $50M over Alzheimer’s research

July 4, 2019

SAN DIEGO (AP) — USC will pay $50 million to the University of California, San Diego and has publicly apologized for gutting a prestigious Alzheimer’s disease research program.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says the University of Southern California agreed to settle a lawsuit over the way it wrested control of UCSD’s Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study in 2015.

USC obtained data, tens of millions of dollars in contracts and the program’s star researcher by luring them to a new San Diego research center.

UCSD and the UC Board of Regents sued, calling it a raid that sabotaged their Alzheimer’s research. UCSD says the program has since recovered.

In a statement Tuesday, USC said the moves disrupted UCSD and “did not align with the standards of ethics and integrity which USC expects” of employees.