ORI Findings of Scientific Misconduct

For those who wonder why these various ethics-related posts get bundled into this blog, I should explain that I believe instruction & enlightenment with regard to research integrity is as important as assistance with preparing grant applications and manuscripts. Many blogs cover nothing but bioethics, so I’m trying to stick to the major NIH findings to remind you all that real consequences result from intended or unintended ethical lapses (& you’ll have to indulge my preoccupation with academic health centers that welcome funding from the tobacco industry). Anyway, without further ado, the latest sad set of findings from an increasingly busy DHHS Office of Research Integrity:

Rebecca Uzelmeier (formerly known as Rebecca Marcus), Michigan State University: Based on the report of an investigation by MSU and additional information obtained by the ORI during its oversight review, ORI found that Rebecca Uzelmeier, former doctoral student, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSU, committed misconduct in science by intentionally and knowingly fabricating and falsifying data in research supported by NIEHS, granted R01 ES02520. … Ms. Uzelmeier’s actions caused the withdrawal of a manuscript that had been submitted for publication, the withdrawal of her mentor’s PHS grant application, and her dismissal from graduate school.

2 Comments »

  1. Mentorless said

    ORI is not in NIH. Its predecessor, OSI was. ORI is w/in OPHS, OS, HHS.

    Thanks for catching that – I try to be careful in making the distinction but got sloppy with NIH on the brain. – writedit

  2. drugmonkey said

    ORI does seem increasingly busy. is this just a perception, have they changed policies on issuing notifications, or are there data to support that?

    I had lunch with the ORI director Chris Pascal in NC last April and asked him just this question. He shrugged and said there were more awards to police after the NIH budget doubling of course but also that Universities were getting better at policing themselves and reporting their findings to ORI. This is certainly true of my current institution: I really like our RIO and appreciate how seriously the research administration takes issues of conflict of interest, scientific misconduct, and ethics training (Web modules required of every investigator, super COI form required of every employee, and for-credit scientific integrity courses required for all trainees). – writedit

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