Thursday, January 12, 2012

Officials: Heart doc falsified red wine study - -

University of Connecticut officials said their internal review found 145 instances over seven years in which Dr. Dipak Das fabricated, falsified and manipulated data, and the U.S. Office of Research Integrity has launched an independent investigation of his work.

Das, a tenured surgery professor and director of UConn Health Center's Cardiovascular Research Center, has gained national attention in recent years for research into the beneficial properties of resveratrol, which is found in red wine.

It wasn't immediately known Wednesday whether the irregularities in Das' research were significant enough to alter the conclusions, but the cardiovascular benefits of resveratrol have also been established in other researchers' work.

Eleven scientific research journals that have published Das' work are being notified of the problems, which came to light after a three-year review sparked by an anonymous complaint in 2008 of potential irregularities in his research.

"We have a responsibility to correct the scientific record and inform peer researchers across the country," Philip Austin, interim vice president for health affairs, said in a written statement about the notifications to the 11 scientific journals.

The university's health center recently declined to accept $890,000 in federal grants awarded to Das as its review was under way, and has frozen all other external funding for his lab.

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