HHS takes three and a half years to tell us “there are no records responsive to your request”…for a letter we know exists

If you file public records requests regularly, you have likely become used to how long they can take, and how few documents you may end up with. We certainly have. But we’re prompted to share a particularly frustrating experience with the NIH. Settle in. This is a three-and-a-half year tale — and counting. On May … Continue reading HHS takes three and a half years to tell us “there are no records responsive to your request”…for a letter we know exists

Former Emory division director committed misconduct, says federal watchdog

A cancer researcher who was a former division director at Emory University in Atlanta “engaged in research misconduct by knowingly, intentionally, and/or recklessly falsifying data” in a federal grant application and six published papers, according to new findings from the U.S. Office of Research Integrity. Ya Wang, who retired from Emory a year ago, “falsified … Continue reading Former Emory division director committed misconduct, says federal watchdog

Biotech co-founder faked data in NIH-funded research, says federal watchdog

A former researcher at the Mount Desert Island Laboratory in Maine who co-founded a lab spinoff faked data in research supported by federal funding, according to the U.S. Office of Research Integrity. The researcher, Viravuth Yin, “engaged in research misconduct by knowingly, intentionally, and/or recklessly falsifying and/or fabricating data,” the ORI said in an announcement … Continue reading Biotech co-founder faked data in NIH-funded research, says federal watchdog

Attorney asks Retraction Watch to remove post because client has lost out on opportunities

A cancer researcher once involved in a federal research integrity probe has repeatedly been denied funding and other sources of income, according to his attorney, who blamed our coverage of the case for the scientist’s continuing woes and asked us to remove a post.   [Please see an update on this post.] Our coverage of the … Continue reading Attorney asks Retraction Watch to remove post because client has lost out on opportunities

US federal watchdog loses director to another government role

The U.S. Office of Research Integrity, which oversees investigations into allegations of misconduct in grants from the NIH, is once again without a permanent director. Elisabeth (Lis) Handley, who became director in 2019, has taken on a new role in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), of which ORI is a part. … Continue reading US federal watchdog loses director to another government role

Former Texas postdoc earns 10-year federal funding ban for faking authors and papers to boost metrics

A former postdoc at the University of Texas Health Science Center has been found guilty of misconduct stemming from efforts to rig preprint servers to boost the postdoc’s publication metrics. The findings about Yibin Lin include the fabrication and falsification of data, as well as plagiarism in six published papers that have since been retracted … Continue reading Former Texas postdoc earns 10-year federal funding ban for faking authors and papers to boost metrics

Texas bone researcher faked data in Nature paper, says federal watchdog, as university rescinds professorships

A pharmacologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who lost a highly cited 2014 paper in Nature for questions about the integrity of her data has been sanctioned by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) — and UT Southwestern has rescinded two professorships she previously held. According to ORI, Yihong Wan, an … Continue reading Texas bone researcher faked data in Nature paper, says federal watchdog, as university rescinds professorships

Miami dean stepped down weeks after misconduct finding

An associate dean at the University of Miami stepped down from his post two weeks after agreeing to sanctions stemming from a finding of misconduct by a government watchdog, Retraction Watch has learned. Yesterday, we reported that the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) found that Charles Downs, “engaged in research misconduct by intentionally, knowingly, … Continue reading Miami dean stepped down weeks after misconduct finding

Researcher, now a Miami dean, faked data in grant applications, says federal watchdog

A former researcher at the University of Arizona who is now an associate dean at the University of Miami “engaged in research misconduct by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly falsifying and/or fabricating data” in six federal grant applications, according to a new finding by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Charles A. Downs’ work “focuses … Continue reading Researcher, now a Miami dean, faked data in grant applications, says federal watchdog

A year after a federal misconduct finding, a cancer researcher loses a paper

A cancer specialist formerly affiliated with Boys Town National Research Hospital in Nebraska who was found to have committed misconduct in nearly 20 grant applications and papers has lost an article in Scientific Reports — a year after his misconduct case became public.  According to the journal, which, to its credit, flagged the paper with … Continue reading A year after a federal misconduct finding, a cancer researcher loses a paper