Notice is hereby given that ORI and the Assistant Secretary for Health have taken final action in the following case:
Based on the reports of an inquiry and an investigation conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and analysis conducted by the ORI Division of Investigative Oversight, ORI found that Gerardo L. Paez, PhD, former postdoctoral fellow, Section of Medical Genetics, UPenn School of Veterinary Medicine, engaged in research misconduct in research supported by R01EY06855 and R01EY13132.
ORI found that the Respondent engaged in research misconduct by falsifying and fabricating retinal gene profile data that he purportedly obtained from 3-week old normal dogs and dogs with X-linked progressive retinal atrophy in abstracts and poster presentations for the 2006 and 2007 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meetings and in an unsubmitted manuscript draft. The Respondent also falsely labeled data files in the UPenn bioinformatics core computer and submitted falsely identified files to his research mentors.
Dr. Paez has voluntarily agreed, for a period of 3 years, beginning on June 9, 2010:
(1) To exclude himself from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS, including but not limited to service on any PHS advisory committee, board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant;
(2) that any institution that submits an application for PHS support for a research project on which the Respondent’s participation is proposed or that uses him in any capacity on PHS-supported research, or that submits a report of PHS-funded research in which he is involved, must concurrently submit a plan for supervision of his duties to the funding agency for approval; the supervisory plan must be designed to ensure the scientific integrity of his research contribution. A copy of the supervisory plan also must be submitted to ORI by the institution. Respondent agreed that he will not participate in any PHS-supported research until such a supervisory plan is submitted to ORI.