The University of NSW has launched a review of allegations of research misconduct in several taxpayer-funded studies. The research was into ageing and was undertaken by scientists at Australian and overseas universities.
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If the allegations were upheld, it would be a significant blow to the university and the field of anti-ageing research.
“UNSW Sydney is aware of the concerns, and we are managing these concerns in accordance with our research misconduct procedure. It would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage,” a spokeswoman for the university said.
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted potential scientific fraud from a fringe issue to a major public health concern. A large number of papers – including several published in major journals – supporting the use of hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin to treat COVID-19 were pulled when they turned out to be based on non-existent or flawed data.