Over 30 Retractions of Cardiac Stem Cell Research
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 12:24 PM

Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have recommended that 31 papers from a former lab director who studied cardiac stem cells be retracted from medical journals.  The data “included falsified and/or fabricated data,” according to a statement to Retraction Watch and STAT from the two institutions.

This doctor “practically invented the field of cardiac stem cell therapy when he first reported that cardiac cells were capable of regeneration,” it has been reported.  He  published at least 55 papers that listed Harvard as an affiliation. He has received several commendations, including a research achievement award from the American Heart Association, which in 2004 also named him a “distinguished scientist.”

Last year, the hospital agreed to a $10 million settlement with the U.S. government over allegations the doctor and two colleagues’ work had been used to fraudulently obtain federal funding.  While the Brigham settled with the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, which oversees research misconduct investigations involving National Institutes of Health funding, has not made a finding in the case. The university and the hospital have not said which journals the 31 papers appeared in, but the journal Circulationretracted a paper in 2014, and The Lancetissued an expression of concern about another in the same year.  The medical director has previously corrected eight of his papers, many for failures to disclose conflicts of interest. 

Journals retract roughly 1,400 scholarly papers each year, out of some 3 million total publications. This doctor's total would put him in the top 20 list of scientists with the most retractions in the world. The 10 scientists worldwide with the most retracted papers have at least 39, and in one case, 183 such articles.

Source:  https://www.statnews.com/2018/10/14/harvard-brigham-retractions-stem-cell/