Already barred from research, fresh trouble for PGI doctor

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 30, 2015 09:39 IST
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh (HT Photo)

Fresh trouble has cropped up for a doctor of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, who was recently debarred from research for two years by the Institute Ethics Committee for a research fraud. Now, a doctor from the department of gynaecology has made a similar complaint to the director against the doctor, accusing him of ‘misrepresenting authorship’ of a common research paper.

Dr Pinaki Dutta, an associate professor in department of endocrinology was debarred last month from doing any kind of research activity for the next two years.

The OGI director has referred the matter to the institute ethics committee for probe. According to sources, Dr Shalini Gainder, an assistant professor from the department of obstetrics and gynaecology in her complaint to dean of the institute, has said that they were doing a collaborative study with endocrinology department. However, the research paper which was outcome of the study was published by Dr Pinaki Dutta. She accused that he didn’t show the manuscript of the research paper to any of the co-authors from the gynaecology department before sending it for publication. The study was carried out on infertile women and was primarily work of the gynaecology department.

She alleged that when the research work was done in collaboration, it was Dr Dutta’s duty to show the manuscript to all the co-authors. The study was published in December 2013 issue of medical journal Endocrine. Head of endocrinology department Dr Anil Bhansali is also co-author in the study.

Earlier, the Institute Ethics Committee of the PGIMER had found Dr Pinaki Dutta, a prominent endocrinologist, guilty of a scientific research fraud and asked the director to debar him from doing any kind of research activity at least for the next two years. Dr Dutta was considered a promising scientist with more than 100 scientific publications to his credit in a short career of less than a decade.

All attempts to contact Dr Dutta went futile.

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