Irish psychiatrist and Cardiff University professor David Healy has long been an outspoken critic of the pharmaceutical industry's influence on the practice of medicine, arguing that Prozac and SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors) can lead to suicide, and calling attention to the amount of ghost writing in current scientific literature. During his Mar. 25, 2009 visit to Cornell, Healy discussed the role of the pharmaceutical industry in modern medicine and the inherent conflict between its support of evidence-based medicine and the evidence that few modern best-selling drugs actually deliver medical benefits superior to older, cheaper alternatives.
The Nordlander Lecture Series, sponsored by Cornell's Department of Science and Technology Studies, was established in memory of J. Eric Nordlander (Cornell A.B. 1956), a distinguished scientist and educator who died in 1986.