Wednesday, January 11, 2012

UConn prof snagged for fraud; UConn conned?

Reuters noted:

Dipak K. Das,

directed the UConn's Cardiovascular Research Center,
studied resveratrol, which was touted by a number of scientists and companies as a way to slow aging or remain healthy as people get older and
has now been charged with over 100 acts of data fabrication and falsification.

Yes, there is a patent angle. Reuters noted: Das also shared a 2002 patent on the use of another compound in grape skins called proanthocyanidin to prevent and treat heart conditions.

And, yes, citations are involved. Reuters noted Other scientists have taken notice of Das' work, citing 30 of his papers more than 100 times each, according to Thomson Scientific's Web of Knowledge.

See also
Red Wine Researcher Accused of Falsifying Data on Health Benefits

An article by Nicholas Wade in the New York Times begins: A charge of widespread scientific fraud, involving 26 articles published in 11 journals, was leveled by the University of Connecticut today against Dipak K. Das, one of its researchers, whose work reported health benefits in red wine.


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