An investigation by the University College London has cleared prominent geneticist David Latchman of misconduct, but concluded he has “procedural matters in his lab that required attention.”
The results of the investigation were first reported by the Times Higher Education. We also received a short statement from a UCL spokesperson:
UCL has considered allegations of potential research misconduct concerning UCL staff under our Procedure for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Academic Research and related procedures.
UCL confirms that the conclusion of its investigation is that Professor Latchman has no case to answer in relation to research misconduct. Professor Latchman has accepted that there were procedural matters in his lab that required attention.
Here’s some of what a UCL spokesperson told us about the investigation back in January:
UCL has received an anonymous allegation of potential research misconduct concerning UCL staff, which is currently under consideration under its Procedure for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Academic Research…Some errors have been identified in eight publications, and appropriate retractions have taken place. This should not be misinterpreted as an indication that individual authors have been either knowingly or deliberately involved in misconduct, because our processes are not yet complete.
Latchman is also master of the public research university Birkbeck, University of London.
Update: 1/9/15: Latchman forwarded our request for comment to the media office at Birkbeck. They sent us this statement on behalf of the Chair of the Birkbeck Governing body Harvey McGrath:
We are very pleased that the extensive UCL investigation is now complete and that Professor Latchman has no case to answer. This is exactly the outcome we have always expected and we are happy that the Master can continue to focus on Birkbeck with his familiar dedication and skill.
Hat tip: Times Higher Education
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