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Immunologist Falsified Data

A researcher from the John Wayne Cancer Institute has settled his scientific misconduct case with the Office of Research Integrity.

By | August 6, 2012

image: Immunologist Falsified Data Flickr Creative Commons, steakpinball

Mepur Ravindranath, a former director of the laboratory of glycoimmunotherapy at the John Wayne Cancer Center in California, falsified the number of subjects in a double blind study of prostate cancer, according to an investigation by the Office of Research Integrity. Without admitting guilt, Ravindranath has agreed to have any work funded by the US Public Health Service supervised, among other stipulations.

Some of the data reported by Ravindranath represented samples taken from single patients over a period of time, but recorded as multiple individuals, potentially affecting the final analysis of the results, which were published in 2005 in the International Journal of Cancer. The paper, which studied the immune response in prostate cancer patients, has been cited 15 times since its publication, according to the Web of Science.

Ravindranath is settling without admitting to any of the charges, in the face of “undue financial hardship and stress,” which could arise from contesting the findings, according to the Federal Register.

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Avatar of: Bill

Bill

Posts: 1457

August 6, 2012

Yet another foreigner falsifying data at a B-list institute.  Seems like I've posted that more than a few times over the last month.  What's going on here?

Avatar of: Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Posts: 2

August 7, 2012

INteresting.

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gunjan arora

Posts: 1

August 9, 2012

Daer Bill, I guess The most important thing was wheher he falsifiues the data or not. people like you are only interested in spreading hatred. Grow up mate...

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MepurR

Posts: 1457

August 10, 2012

Dear Mr. Arora: Thank you! Truthfully I did not falsify any data. The error did occur because of the double blind study. We realized the errors lately. After deleting the duplicate samples, we did statistical analysis. The results were still significant. As indicated in the Registry, we submitted an erratum to the IJC (see details in the registry item $ 4).  This was an honest error.  The GM1b data is correct and this what was obtained. I tried to convince ORI all in vain. When I wanted to take up for higher level to court, I realized that the minimum cost was $30K. My attorney Mark Butler advised to accept and wash my hands with ORI. So I did. Once again I wish to swear that I did not do intentionally made those errors. It is truly and honest and inadvertent error.
In Christian Philosophy there is a concept called affliction. Now I feel i am afflicted for no fault of mine. Thank you for your comments. Sincerely, Ravindranath

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15deltaPG2

Posts: 1

August 12, 2012

 In a clinical study, how could you possibly be "blinded" to the fact you were testing samples belonging the same patient?  You are insulting our ability to think!

Avatar of: Vicki Johnson

Vicki Johnson

Posts: 1457

August 20, 2012

SUPERVISED???? Are you kidding me?? If I falsified data on anything near this important I would be sent straight to jail! This guy gets supervision?? Where the hell is the justice and where the hell are our oversight committees? This guy should be held culpable for his deceptions as should anyone else found involved in these types of self serving behaviors.

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Vicki Johnson

Posts: 1457

August 20, 2012

You're really doing no one any favors by discoloring the issue by resorting to race or nationality. This is a global issue to that needs to be dealt with as all research is globally shared and utilized.

Avatar of: Amine67

Amine67

Posts: 2

April 30, 2013

Cheating is not new to the scientific community. Darwin and others have done the same, it is about fame and prestige .... These people have been cheating all their lives, it does not happen in an overnight. There are 1000s of them still doing it in prestgious university such as Harvard, MIT and somewhere else in the world, just google it and you will be surprised abut the extent of fraud in the scientific community. I know someone in the 90s who have published over 350 papers in medecine, how come ? and he got away with it. It all about ethics and truthfulness towards yourself and the world.

 

God bless

 

Amine

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Amine67

Posts: 2

April 30, 2013

Never forget that fradulent data can affect human life, meaning you are contributing in a genocide when dealing with fradulent data in biomedical, medecine and so one. Think about the morality PROFESSOR.

Cheers

 

Amine

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