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NRI scientist charged with fraud

world Updated: Jan 22, 2012 00:23 IST

An Indian-American scientist has been charged with fabricating and falsifying data with regard to his research on health benefits of red wine.

Dipak Das is a professor in the department of surgery and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Connecticut.

As a result of the conclusion of a three-year investigation, the University has frozen all externally-funded research in the labo­ra­tory of Das.

It has also declined to accept the $890,000 in federal grants awarded to him.

Dismissal proceedings, in accordance with the university’s bylaws, are currently underway, said an official release.

The comprehensive report of the investigation, which totals approximately 60,000 pages, concludes that Das is guilty of 145 counts of fabrication and falsification of data.

Inquiries are currently underway involving former members of Das’ lab. No findings have been issued to date.

The University has sent letters of notification to 11 scientific journals that had published studies conducted by a member of its faculty.

Das has been employed by the Health Center since 1984, and was awarded tenure in 1993.