Investigation Finds UConn Professor Fabricated Research
Work Focused On Health Benefits Of Resveratrol, An Antioxidant In Red Wine
By WILLIAM WEIR and KATHLEEN MEGAN
The Hartford Courant
5:39 p.m. EST, January 12, 2012
A three-year investigation into the work of a University of Connecticut researcher who focused on the health benefits of resveratrol - a chemical in red wine - found 145 instances of fabricated research.
Dipak K. Das, a professor in the department of surgery and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the UConn Health Center, was the focus of the investigation by UConn faculty.
An anonymous tip into "research irregularities" triggered the investigation, a UConn spokesman said. As a result of the investigation, all externally funded research in Das' lab has been stopped and the university has declined $890,000 in research grants.
Officials from the UConn Health Center have notified 11 scientific journals that have published Das' studies. The health center officials worked with the U.S. Office of Research Integrity during the investigation and submitted a 60,000-page report on their findings to the office, which is now conducting its own investigation.
The report indicates that the data were primarily falsified through manipulation of analytical images using photo software.