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Millions of people participate in medical research studies every year in the U.S. and around the world. inewsource reporters Brad Racino and Jill Castellano are investigating the shortcomings in the system that’s meant to protect those participants.

This is an evolving project that began with an investigation into one research study at the San Diego VA but has now branched out to affiliated institutions and oversight agencies. Sign up below for alerts to new stories, or reach out to the reporters with tips, suggestions or leads.


Brad Racino is a senior investigative reporter and assistant editor at inewsource. He has produced investigations on topics including political corruption, transportation, health, maritime, education and nonprofits. Contact him at Securely contact Brad on Signal or WhatsApp (845-553-4170)


Jill Castellano is an investigative data reporter at inewsource. During the 2018 election, she focused on campaign finance reporting, including political party spending and the money behind the failed gas tax repeal. Contact her at