145 counts of data fabrication against University of Connecticut Director of Cardiovascular Research: 11 Journals informed

Deepak Das

Another massive case of misconduct by an established  scientist – not a humble post doc but a Director of Cardiovascular Research!! Once again a scientist of Indian origin in the US is involved – Prof. Deepak Das!

This time there are also clear commercial motives which takes scientific misconduct into the realms of criminal fraud!!!

Hartford Business:The University of Connecticut is rejecting nearly $1 million in federal grants awarded to one of its scientists found to have falsified many of his findings on the health benefits of wine.

The school announced Wednesday that an internal investigation against Dipak Das, a tenured surgery professor and director of the UConn Health Center’s Cardiovascular Research Center, found 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data.
The school said it is now in the process of terminating Das’ employment. The UConn Health Center has also sent letters of notification to 11 scientific journals that had published studies conducted by Das based on his research.
The investigation into Das was sparked by an anonymous allegation of research irregularities in 2008. The school issued a report today, which totals approximately 60,000 pages, that says Das is guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data. 

As a result of the investigation the Health Center has frozen all externally funded research in Das’ laboratory and declined to accept $890,000 in federal grants awarded to him.

Caediobrief reports:

Das had numerous publications on resveratrol and other nutrition-related cardiovascular subjects. According to an online biography, he was a founding editor and editor-in chief of the journal Antioxidant and Redox Signaling, and also served as associate editor of theAmerican Journal of Physiology: Heat and Circulatory Physiology and consulting editor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

Retraction Watch reported a commercial connection:

Das appears to have had a relationship with a Las Vegas resveratrol maker called, unsurprisingly, Longevinex. The company has promoted his research, and Das also shows up in a lengthy video touting the nutrient as the next aspirin. The infomercial is guided by an “investigative reporter” named Gailon Totheroh, who is affiliated with the Christian Broadcasting Network.

The Journals are:

  • American Journal of Physiology – Heart & Circulatory
  • Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
  • Cellular Physiology & Biochemistry
  • Free Radical Biology
  • Free Radical Research
  • Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry
  • Journal of Cellular & Molecular Medicine
  • Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Molecular & Cellular Cardiology
  • Molecular & Cellular Chemistry
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2 Responses to “145 counts of data fabrication against University of Connecticut Director of Cardiovascular Research: 11 Journals informed”

  1. SpyRos Says:

    This is a disgrace in any event but to have people of Indian descent seemingly continually being featured in these desreputable occurences is going to impact upon anyone of Indian descent. It appears to be a trend amongst some of these professionals from India, that “achievement” is more to do with ‘pretence’ rather than actually engaging in the hard work. It rather reminds me of my cricket experience when playing Indians – they all want to bat or bowl but no one wants to field!

  2. Kumar Gupta Says:

    It is true that professionals of Indian origin have recently appeared in various scandals, and much of it is driven by greed, eagerness for fame, and disregard for ethics and consequences. Such events are (and should be) reported prominently in the news media, but at the same time it is good to note that there are many other persons of Indian origin who are models of ethical and professional behavior — think of the prominent prosecutor in NYC, numerous university professors and deans, and VCs and company founders in Silicon Valley. Hopefully the punishments served to the guilty will set an example for other “tempted” individuals and deter them from a life of disgrace.

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