CAM Magazine has – to their credit – run a news item covering Patrick Holford’s resignation of his visiting professorship at Teesside University. In the July edition, CAM Magazine reports that “Holford’s appointment outraged hard-core science bloggers who stirred up an ongoing Internet ‘inquiry’ into both his qualifications and Teesside’s motives.”
Holford is quoted to
confirm that I have resigned my post as Visiting Professor at the School of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Teesside. I have made this decision because the main areas for which my involvement and input was requested, including setting up a Northern Brain Bio Centre working with the Cactus Clinic, which the University has now closed, are now not going ahead so I felt it was appropriate to resign the post. Food for the Brain is in discussion with other Universities to progress various research projects.
Teesside’s spokesman echoes Holford’s statement.
A couple of points to note about this article. Firstly, it sounds like Holford and Food for the Brain will be seeking to associate themselves with other Universities. We hope that anyone considering such a partnership will bear in mind events at Teesside when evaluating the pros and cons of such an arrangement.
Secondly, it is great to get a mention in CAM magazine – ‘hard-core’, indeed… – and all credit to them for running the article. However, we are not sure what is ‘hard-core’ about demanding things such as accurate CVs and reasonable quality research from Britain’s professors. If the CAM industry and research establishment relies on ‘hard-core’ outsiders in order to hold researchers in the field to such basic standards, this raises significant concerns about the industry.
Finally, now that CAM Magazine have started to look at Holford’s research, we would like to extend an offer to write a more detailed assessment of his work for the magazine. As a goodwill gesture, we will even donate any contributor’s fees to an appropriate charity…