Kidney researcher in Switzerland who lost professorship for data manipulation loses two papers
Pascale Meier left CHUV and University of Lausanne last fall, and this week agreed to leave his clinical position at Valais Hospital after the hospital found “irregularities in the management of nephrology department and hemodialysis funds,” the Swiss media is reporting.
And yesterday, two retractions appeared in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Here’s the notice
(sadly, behind a paywall) [see update at end of post]:
At the request of the authors and after careful internal review, the following articles published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology have been retracted:
Meier P, Spertini F, Blanc E, Burnier M: Oxidized low density lipoproteins activate CD4+ cell apoptosis in patients with end-stage renal disease through Fas engagement. J Am Soc Nephrol 18: 331–342, 2007; and Meier P, Golshayan D, Blanc E, Pascual M, Burnier M: Oxidized LDL modulates apoptosis of regulatory T cells in patients with ESRD. J Am Soc Nephrol 20: 1368–1384, 2009.
Concerns were raised over possible image manipulation and the provenance and integrity of the underlying data for both studies. The corresponding author, Dr. Pascale Meier, takes full and sole responsibility for the inability to present raw data supporting the published results. Coauthors involved in this study were unaware of any misconduct.
The papers were cited 19 times and 21 times, respectively, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.
Update, 5:45 p.m. Eastern, 1/24/14: The American Society of Nephrology tells us that the reason the notice was paywalled was that it went online earlier than scheduled. They’re removed the paywall.
Hat tip: Stéphane Burtey