Findings of Research Misconduct

Notice Number: NOT-OD-12-028

Key Dates
Release Date: January 6, 2012

Issued by
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Purpose

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has taken final action in the following case:

Gerald Lushington, Ph.D., Kansas University: Based on an inquiry conducted and written admission obtained by Kansas University (KU) and additional analysis conducted by ORI in its oversight review, ORI found that Dr. Gerald Lushington, Director of the K-INBRE \1\ Bioinformatics Core Facility, KU, and Director of the Molecular Graphics and Modeling Lab, KU, engaged in research misconduct in research supported by National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant P20 RR016475.

Specifically, ORI found that Respondent engaged in research misconduct by approving publication of three articles and one abstract he knew contained significant amounts of plagiarized text without attribution or citation from other writers' published papers. The specific published documents as well as the relevant source documents are:

Dr. Lushington has entered into a Voluntary Settlement Agreement (Agreement) and has voluntarily agreed for a period of two (2) years, beginning on December 6, 2011:

(1) To have any U.S. Public Health Service (PHS)-supported research supervised; ORI acknowledges that Respondent's research is currently being supervised by KU; Respondent shall ensure that a plan for supervision of his PHS-related duties is submitted to ORI for approval either within two weeks of this Agreement becoming final or prior to receiving or applying for PHS funds if such support is not current at the time this Agreement is completed; the supervision plan must be designed to ensure the scientific integrity of his research contribution; because of the ongoing review of Respondent's research by KU, ORI will only require a summary report on the first and second anniversary of the Agreement detailing how KU has ensured that Respondent's research and language in PHS grant applications and reports of PHS-supported research have been verified to be his own and accurately reported; Respondent agrees to maintain responsibility for compliance with the agreed upon supervision plan;

(2) that this annual summary, provided by any institution employing him, shall provide assurance that each application for PHS funds, or report, manuscript, or abstract involving PHS-supported research in which Respondent was involved, was based on actual experiments or was otherwise legitimately derived, that the data, procedures, and methodology were accurately reported in the application, report, manuscript, or abstract, and that the text in such submissions was his own or properly cited the source of copied language and ideas; and (3) to exclude himself from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS including, but not limited to, service on any PHS advisory committee, board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant.

Inquiries

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Director
Division of Investigative Oversight
Office of Research Integrity
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-8800

\1\ K-INBRE: The KansasIDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, which is a consortium of a number of schools and centers in Kansas.


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