This email was sent to the GMOD mailing list (along with other recipients) on December 11th 2012 but it had never reached its destination. According to Scott: "It seems that mailman misplaced it since you sent it".
It is very important that we are fully transparent on this issue.
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From: Arek Kasprzyk <[hidden email]>
Date: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 3:11 AM
Subject: Re: Follow-up - RE: Open Letter to Lincoln Stein RE: BioMart Renaming
As you may recall, following six months of unsuccessful attempts to establish a constructive dialog with Dr Stein and Dr Hudson regarding Dr Stein's decision to rename/split/replace BioMart, I was forced to raise my concerns in an open letter.
My concerns are outlined below:
In March 2012 I requested that my concerns be presented to the funding bodies that provide support for ICGC DCC. In response, Dr Hudson promptly suggested that the issue should instead be decided by an independent panel of experts. In the interest of transparency, I am providing you with an update which is detailed below.
Please note that I have copied Dr Hudson, Dr Guyer and Professor Chalmers on this email in order to give them the opportunity, if they so wish, to confirm the accuracy of the information it contains.
1. Independent panel of experts
On 22nd March 2012, immediately after Dr Hudson's discussion with the ICGC Executive committee while in Cannes, I received an email informing me: "Two ICGC leaders from EXEC and EPC/IDAC offered to take charge of the selection process." He also noted that I "can be involved with the selection of the panel" and that he "will not be involved in that process". Consequently, I provided a list of preliminary suggestions directly to the ICGC Exec in my open letter dated April 19th but received no reply. On 21st May 2012, almost two months after the initial email from Dr Hudson, I received an email signed by Professor Chalmers and Dr. Guyer, informing me: "The Executive requested Dr Mark Guyer and me to act as members of a panel". I expressed my surprise that the panel had been chosen without my input, contrary to the information received from Dr Hudson. In response, Professor Chalmers and Dr Guyer offered the following explanation in their letter dated 7th July: "We are not in a position to understand the basis on which Dr. Hudson made this factually inaccurate comment". Although I was surprised by the fact that according to Professor Chalmers and Dr Guyer I had been given inaccurate and misleading information by the Chair of the ICGC Executive Committee and the President and Scientific Director of the OICR, I agreed that time was of the essence and proceeded to ask Professor Chalmers and Dr Guyer a number of procedural questions and received their response in a letter dated 31st August:
Question: Will the panel’s decision be binding?
On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 3:11 PM, Arek Kasprzyk <[hidden email]> wrote:
Arek Kasprzyk, MD, MSc, PhDBioMart Project Lead
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