Dong-Pyou Han, who was sentenced earlier this month to nearly five years in prison for faking the results of HIV vaccine experiments, has appealed the decision.
According to Report on Research Compliance, which first reported the news, the appeal was filed on July 15. In addition to the prison sentence, Han had been ordered on July 1 to repay more than $7 million to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term.
Former ORI director David Wright told Report on Research Compliance (paywalled) that
he could not support the sentence Han received, and expressed fears that it might lead to fewer findings of misconduct being made at the institutional level.
“Faculty members or fellow researchers at biomedical research facilities who are asked to sit on a misconduct [panel] would think twice –– I know I would –– if they thought the investigator would go to jail in addition to losing his career,” he said.
The sentence, as we noted in the Des Moines Register the day it was handed down, was a stiff one, and unusual in misconduct cases.