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January 21, 2013

Dr. Das Sues U Conn. Good Luck With That.

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Posted by Derek

About this time last year, I mentioned Prof. Dipak Das at the University of Connecticut, who was the involved in a large accusation of research fraud. That second link has some quotes from a press release put out by Resveratrol Partners defending Prof. Das and his work, and I've just received another one. So if you're wondering how these things work here in these days of modern times, this is how:

Noted red wine molecule heart researcher Dipak Das PhD has filed a $35 million defamation claim against the University of Connecticut (U CONN) Health Center for wrongful termination, violation of the university’s by-laws, and lack of due process as protected by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

I don't see a copy of the press release out on the web yet (I'll put up a link when one shows up). One of its claims is that Das's work on resveratrol and heart attacks has not been shown to be invalid:

Specifically, U CONN Health Center authorities claimed Dr. Das had altered images showing the production of gene-derived proteins (called a western blot image). But alteration of these images would only change understanding of the underlying genetic mechanisms involved in Dr. Das’ experiments, not the conclusions of his studies which showed unequivocal ability of resveratrol to protect the heart prior to and during a heart attack.

I believe that this effort is going to be an uphill fight, because those alterations, if they occurred (which they most certainly seem to have) would be enough grounds for dismissal by themselves. The press release also makes much of the university's accusation that Das was the only person with a key to the office where the images were manipulated, saying that this was not the case, that students went in and out all the time. I don't care. Das was the lead author on all those papers, and if he couldn't keep up with his own lab's work enough to catch any of these things, he wan't doing his job. Das was fired from U Conn last year, and (via Retraction Watch, which has him at 19 retractions so far), I see that the university's board of trustees unanimously affirmed that decision.

Comments (8) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: The Dark Side


1. anon on January 21, 2013 9:28 AM writes...

due process afforded by the constitution? the 14th amendment only applies to citizenry dealing with the gov't

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2. Molecular Geek on January 21, 2013 9:58 AM writes...

The University of Connecticut is a state-funded university, so his lawyers are arguing that the schools procedures failed to provide equal protection.

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3. Curious Wavefunction on January 21, 2013 11:22 AM writes...

So from the press release it looks like Dr. Das is suing the university for legal loopholes, not denying his wrongdoing or fraud.

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4. eugene on January 21, 2013 3:08 PM writes...

I'm guessing this is the 'Lance Armstrong strategy'. However, a few points. This didn't end well for Lance even though he won a bunch of lawsuits earlier. Now he might have to give back the money. Also, not even famous researchers have guaranteed access to Oprah.

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5. SteveM on January 21, 2013 6:05 PM writes...

Joining the suit are Doctors Der und Die.

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6. Derek Lowe on January 22, 2013 8:12 AM writes...

#6 SteveM: Das ist ja ausgezeichnet!

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7. Ryan on January 25, 2013 6:52 PM writes...

Looser you got caught accept it and move on. You should be spend sometime in jail too.

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8. justcurious on October 11, 2013 3:46 AM writes...

It is ironical that the man who unlocked the key to healthy heart died of heart attack. All the fabrication and falsification charges raises more questions and one wonders who were the parties that really did the fabrications and falsifications.

With his hard work, genius intellect he came to conclusions that would put drug companies out of business.

Do the math!

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