Darsee case

Last modified: November 8, 2018

John Roland Darsee is an American physician and former medical researcher. He compiled an impressive list of publications in reputable scientific journals. However, in October 1981 discrepancies between Darsee’s data and those collected by other centres performing similar work triggered a formal investigation by the NIH. The NIH review found that Darsee had committed wide-ranging scientific misconduct, fabricating large amounts of data from experiments which he had never conducted. Harvard’s investigation was criticized for being inadequately rigorous and for reporting that they had “fully reviewed” data which later turned out to be non-existent. Darsee was barred by the NIH from receiving federal research funding for 10 years. Brigham and Women’s Hospital, affiliated with Harvard, had to return $122,371 in research funds to NIH. This was the first time an institution was required to return money to NIH because of research fraud.
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