Former Florida ob-gyn prof notches eighth retraction

University of Florida
University of Florida

Nasser Chegini, the former University of Florida professor currently under investigation by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), has now had eight papers retracted.

The eighth paper, in the journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, is about the effect of a compound used during fertility treatments on Smads, signaling molecules that carry messages from TGF-beta receptors to the nucleus. It’s being retracted disappeared due to the discovery of data that “have been fabricated or falsified by the last author” — namely, Chegini.

Here’s more from the notice for “Gonadotropin releasing hormone analogue (GnRHa) alters the expression and activation of Smad in human endometrial epithelial and stromal cells:”

This article has been retracted by the Editor following an investigation by the Office of Research at the University of Florida. The investigation confirmed that the data presented in Figures 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 5, 6 and 7 have been fabricated or falsified by the last author.

The paper has been cited 10 times, according to Thomson Scientific’s Web of Knowledge.

Chegini, who was awarded at least $4 million in federal grant funding, has retired from his position at the University of Florida.

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