Epidemic of Botched, Falsified Research Hits U.S. Scientific Community; Watchdog Files Federal Complaints Against Researchers, Including Nobel Prize Winner

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Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 4:45 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Press Release) - A national research watchdog has filed multiple federal complaints with the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) urging federal investigations of researchers at University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins, Ohio State University, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, University of Maryland, University of California SF, University of Chicago, University of Wyoming and Washington University (St. Louis).

SAEN, a national watchdog nonprofit that investigates fraud, animal abuse and illegal activities in U.S. research labs, is targeting animal researchers who have retracted journal articles, falsified data, botched projects, been exposed in university investigations, and/or manipulated data.

The first researcher to be caught was William Armstead of the University of Pennsylvania, who ‘retired’ amidst allegations of “research misconduct” following an ORI complaint filed by SAEN.  This milestone made international news, drawing coverage in both the Guardian and the Daily Mail in the UK, as well as multiple U.S. news outlets.

SAEN’s complaint against Ohio State University targets cancer researcher, Dr. Samson Jacob, who was convicted of “research misconduct” by an internal OSU probe.  The OSU report noted the Jacob lab had a  “permissive culture of data manipulation.”  https://saenonline.org/news-media-news-2022/Ohio-State-University-Office-of-Research-Integrity-Complaint-8-31-22.html

SAEN’s complaint against Johns Hopkins University, and University of Chicago research includes Nobel Laureate Gregg Semenza, who was connected to the retraction of four publications involving “duplication of data.”  https://saenonline.org/news-media-news-2022/Johns-Hopkins-University-Office-of-Research-Integrity-Complaint-9-7-2022.pdf

The federal complaint against University of California, San Francisco, involves a publication retracted because of “concerns about the mechanistic data,” and is under investigation by UCSF administration.  https://saenonline.org/news-media-news-2022/UCSF-Office-of-Research-Integrity-Complaint-9-14-22.html

SAEN’s federal complaint against St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Washington University, involves a publication where “An institutional investigation has concluded that Figs. 1b and 2e are unreliable and that much of the additional data in the paper cannot be reliably verified from records.”  https://saenonline.org/news-media-news-2022/St.-Jude-Childrens-Research-Hospital-Washington-University-Office-of-Research-Integrity-Complaint-9-7-2022.html

SAEN’s complaint against the University of Maryland refers to a retracted article where the retraction notice overtly states the data was “falsified to fit the hypothesis.”  https://saenonline.org/news-media-news-2022/University-of-Maryland-School-of-Medicine-Baltimore-Office-of-Research-Integrity-Complaint-7-15-22.html

SAEN’s complaint against the University of Wyoming involves an article retracted following a university investigation that found:  “data irregularities, image reuse, and manipulation in a number of figures.”  https://saenonline.org/news-media-news-2022/University-Wyoming-Office-of-Research-Integrity-Complaint-9-15-22.html

”Fraudulent animal research is rampant across the U.S. Taxpayer dollars are wasted, and animals are killed for experiments where the publications are retracted for fraud,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., co-founder, SAEN.