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‘Guinea pigs’: experimental implants done despite no approval for human use – The Guardian (Hannah Devlin | October 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on November 12, 2017

Inquiry finds artificial windpipe, arterial graft and synthetic tear duct made by scientists at University College London were used outside of UK

Experimental implants that should only have been used in laboratory or animal tests were sent abroad and used on patients who were treated like human guinea pigs, an inquiry at one of Britain’s leading universities has found.

An artificial windpipe, an arterial graft and a synthetic tear duct manufactured by scientists at University College London were used in operations despite not being approved for use in humans, according to the inquiry’s report.

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Coca-Cola’s secret plan to monitor Sydney University academic Lisa Bero – SMH (Marcus Strom | October 2016)0

Posted by Admin in on November 9, 2017

Coca-Cola has been exposed having a secret plan to monitor research at Sydney University that examines how private companies influence public health outcomes in areas such as obesity.

In a leaked internal email, a paid consultant to Coca-Cola South Pacific writes that a “key action” for the global soft-drinks manufacturer is to “monitor research project outcomes through CPC [Charles Perkins Centre] linked to Lisa Bero’s projects”.

Future monitoring should include planned research on “treatment and prevention of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease”, the email says.

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Medical Journals Have a Fake News Problem – Bloomberg News (Esmé E Deprez and Caroline Chen | August 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on November 8, 2017

With help from drug companies, Omics International is making millions as it roils the scientific community with sketchy publications.

The fascinating back story of Omics. We were astounded by the size of their premises and number of employees.

Srinubabu Gedela was 24 in 2006 and studying for his doctorate at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, on the east coast of India, when he faced firsthand what he’d later view as a scourge plaguing scientists in the developing world. Since the 17th century, medical journals have been the portal through which researchers gain insight into the latest discoveries and best practices from colleagues continents away. But subscriptions to the top publications can cost thousands of dollars a year. As Gedela tells it, he was trying to break new ground on diabetes, and Andhra’s research library was woefully understocked. Gedela comes from Allena, a village of roughly 2,000 people. He was raised there in a mud-walled, sugar-cane-roofed shack by farming parents. How were budding scientists like him supposed to advance, he wondered, without the tools afforded to their more privileged counterparts in the West?

To solve his immediate problem, Gedela paid 250 rupees (about $4) each month for an overnight bus to visit research institutions in Hyderabad, about 400 miles away. The beat-up vehicles lacked air conditioning and bathrooms and jostled over cracked roads baking in 95F heat. More than 12 hours later, Gedela would arrive and pore over the latest issues of publications such as Talanta: The International Journal of Pure and Applied Analytical Chemistry.

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Singapore university revokes second researcher’s PhD in misconduct fallout – Retraction Watch (Dalmeet Singh Chawla | October 2017)0

Posted by Admin in on November 4, 2017

Another serious warning for HDR candidates about why falsifying data or any form of research misconduct simply isn’t worth it. One of the papers that initiated the research team’s woes was published in 2014. The retractions and revoking of the first PhD and two prestigious job losses occurred soon after the formal investigation concluded in 2015. The second PhD was revoked at the end of October 2017. The time between publication, retraction and revocation can be swift and the consequence can destroy careers.

Last year, the fallout from a misconduct investigation at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore resulted in the university revoking the PhD of a Harvard research fellow, and a senior researcher losing his job. In July 2016, NTU told us another researcher who could not be named at the time had also come forward and confessed to making up data.

Now, Retraction Watch has learned that Sabeera Bonala — the researcher who couldn’t be named due to ongoing disciplinary procedures last year — has also had her doctorate degree revoked by the NTU.

Tony Mayer, research integrity officer at the NTU, confirmed to Retraction Watch that her PhD, which she was awarded in 2013, has been revoked. Three papers that list Bonala as first author — two in The Journal of Biological Chemistry and one in Molecular Endocrinology — were pulled last year.

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(02/09/16) Researcher whose PhD was revoked is no longer at Harvard lab – Retraction Watch