I'm a leaving cert student who upon telling my guidance counsellor I was interested in cellular biology, biomedical science etc. , was asked to look into all of the bio-pharmaceutical research taking place within the country.
While doing this I came across research being done by the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology in DCU, a lot of which seems to be done in collaboration with Pfizer (formerly Wyeth Biopharma ). I don't know why I did it but I googled this company and came across a series of disturbing articles, such as this one by the Washington post, which describes how a lawsuit is being revived in relation to Pfizer experimenting on 200 Nigerian children without their families knowledge or consent.
"Eleven children died during the 1996 clinical trial, carried out during a record meningitis epidemic. Other children developed brain damage and crippling arthritis."
I also came across articles detailing harrowing accounts of animal cruelty. Apparently, Multiple violations of U.S. law by Pfizer were clearly detailed in USDA inspection reports of six research facilities where Pfizer conducts animal experiments. I came across incidents where dogs had been scalded to death and other animals suffered untreated infections in laboratories reeking of excrement.
I must say I am seriously reconsidering having ANYTHING to do with this area of biology. I feel so shocked that any Irish institution could have any ties to some such company??