Findings of Scientific Misconduct … & The Scientist

Professor and Asst Professor, so perhaps mentor-mentee. Go check out the new format of the full notices, including lay-friendly research explanation and parenthetical comments and the disclaimer about accepting responsibility while not admitting intent or liability (e.g., “Dr. Thomas accepted responsibility for the reporting described above, but denied that she intentionally committed research misconduct. The settlement is not an admission of liability on the part of the Respondent” (though she did agree to a 10-year debarment).

In view of these changes to the notice language, perhaps The Scientist should have waited one more month to run their article (Life after Fraud) and editorial (Fairness for Fraudsters) criticizing ORI for its procedures and “serious miscarriage of justice against researchers” – this in regard to the fact that those cited for misconduct continue to have their misdeeds advertised (and hence are punished) beyond the agreed upon exclusionary period through Internet archives of the NIH Guide & Federal Register.

Perhaps The Scientist might also have discussed the policy article published in Science last August, Scientific Misconduct: Do Punishments Fit the Crime?, as discussed previously here and in Nature… not to mention the ORI survey data published in Nature about the underreporting of scientific misconduct (beyond the side bar comment by John Dahlberg).

Without further ado …

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

Based on a finding of scientific misconduct made by UAB on January 24, 2008, a report of the UAB Investigation Committee, dated November 21, 2007, and additional analysis conducted by ORI during its oversight review, the US PHS found that Judith M. Thomas, PhD, former Professor of Surgery, UAB, engaged in scientific misconduct in research supported by grants R01 AI22293, R01 AI39793, U19 AI056542, U19 DK57958, and NIH/Novartis Cooperative Research and Development Agreement 96-MH-01/NIHITC-0697.

The objective of the research was to test the effectiveness of different agents, such as Immunotoxin FN18-CRM9 or 15-deoxyspergualin (15-DSG), administered around the time of renal transplantation in non-human primates, in preventing rejection of the transplanted kidney. …

PHS found that Respondent engaged in scientific misconduct by falsifying reports of research results in NIH-supported experiments with non-human primate renal allograft recipients in 15 publications and in progress reports in 2 NIH research grant applications.

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

Based on a finding of scientific misconduct made by UAB on January 24, 2008, a report of the UAB Investigation Committee, dated November 21, 2007, and analysis conducted by ORI during its oversight review, and further discussion between UAB and ORI to clarify UAB’s investigative findings and decision with respect to the requirements of 42 CFR Parts 50 and 93, the US PHS found that Juan Luis R. Contreras, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery–Transplantation, UAB, engaged in scientific misconduct in research supported by grants R01 AI22293, R01 AI39793, U19 AI056542, U19 DK57958, and NIH/Novartis Cooperative Research and Development Agreement 96-MH-01/ NIHITC-0697.

PHS found that Respondent engaged in scientific misconduct by falsifying in 7 publications reports of research results in NIH-supported experiments with non-human primate renal allograft recipients.

1 Comment »

  1. BB said

    The Scientist article mentions a study section member who disclosed details of a proposal to someone outside the granting agency. What about that?

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