Teresita Briones, a former nursing professor at Wayne State University in Detroit who studied neuroscience, manipulated images in five papers, according to the Office of Research Integrity.
Briones, who focused on neuroplasticity:
…intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly engaged in research misconduct by falsifying and/or fabricating data that were included in five (5) publications and three (3) grant applications submitted to [the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health].
The scientist, who earned nearly $123,000 from Wayne State in 2014, reused images several times and claimed they represented different experiments, according to the ORI. She’s agreed to be banned from receiving grants from the NIH or other federal agencies, or serving on peer review committees, for three years. She also says she will retract the five publications that contained duplicated images.
Here’s the list of grants and publications affected, including one that was published this February:
- Behavioural Brain Research 279:112-22, 2015 Feb 15 [0 citations, according to Thompson’s Scientific Web of Science]
- Journal of Neuroinflammation 11:13, 2014 Jan 22 [3 citations]
- Journal of Neurotrauma 26(4):613-25, 2009 Apr [16 citations]
- Journal of Neurotrauma 28(12):2485-92, 2011 Dec [12 citations]
- Neuroscience 262:143-55, 2014 Mar 14 [2 citations]
- R01 NR011167-01
- R01 NR011167-01A1
- R01 NR 011167-01A2
None of her papers have been cited more than 50 times. At least one of Briones’ publications has popped up on PubPeer.
We’ve reached out to Briones and Wayne State, and will update if we find out more.
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