Findings of Research Misconduct

Notice is hereby given that the ORI and the Assistant Secretary for Health have taken final action in the following case:

Based on reports submitted by MetroHealth System’s inquiry and investigation committees, the Respondent’s own repeated admissions, and additional analysis conducted by ORI during its oversight review, the US PHS found that Ms. Jennifer Wanchick, former Research Assistant, MetroHealth System (an affiliated hospital of Case Western Reserve University), engaged in research misconduct in research supported by grant P60MD002265.

Specifically, by her own admission, Ms. Wanchick engaged in research misconduct by fabricating information in the electronic database purportedly collected from 150 individuals about their willingness to sign up to be an organ donor at the time they obtained a driver’s license. Ms. Wanchick also admitted to fabricating the information on several survey instruments. The study at issue was entitled “Community Based Intervention to Enhance Signing of Organ Donor Cards.’

ORI acknowledges Ms. Wanchick’s cooperation and assistance in completing its oversight review and resolution of this matter.


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