Diabetes Researcher Repeated Figures

The Office of Research integrity sanctions a Joslin Diabetes Center researcher for fudging data in retracted papers.

By | August 28, 2012


Shane Mayack, a former postdoc in the Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, previously retracted two papers on which she was first author, both concerning stem cell niches associated with blood and bone. Today (August 28), the Office of Research Integrity found Mayack guilty of research misconduct and issued sanctions to supervise her federally funded research for the next 3 years.

Mayack was found to have copied figures from unrelated publications to falsely represent bone nodules formed as the result of experiments with osteoblastic niche cells in culture and mouse models. She also used the same flow cytometry contour plot eight times, only changing the labels and numerical percentages. A version of the plot appeared in both the Nature and Blood papers (cited 42 and 64 times respectively, according to Web of Science).

Mayack is settling without admitting to any of the charges, and has voluntarily agreed to special conditions if she receives certain funding for a period of 3 years.

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Posts: 52

August 29, 2012

Huh? She receives 'certain funding for three years' after already having wasted precious time and resources outright fabricating data as a post-doc? Who do I contact with my outrage about limited federal research dollars going to this charleton when there are so many more deserving out there??? She should be prosecuted in court for fraud. Instead, she is coddled?
Nobody gets a second post-doc with 'certain funding for three years' even when clean. Let's not mince words here. This agreement, if as written in this article, is so outrageous that it provides the appearance of something else going on that this charleton has knowledge of and has leveraged. I for one am quite disturbed about what this seems to imply about other research at the Joslin. So, there is a lesson here also for the institution--don't enter into such a crazy agreement if you don't want others to wonder what is being covered-up. These criminals should be cut free and kept away.

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September 1, 2012

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Benjamin E Newman

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October 3, 2012

People like this give research itself a bad name in the eyes of tax payers and budgeting officials at a time when education budgets are already being put to the knife ( and the people doing the cutting are no surgeons).

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