February 9, 2016

University investigating questions raised about UNMC research

An inquiry has been launched into research conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center after a publication raised questions about it.

The Chief Compliance Officer for the center, Sheila Wrobel, says the University of Nebraska is trying to find answers.

“Basic fact-finding, regarding an allegation of potential research misconduct,” Wrobel tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “So, we’re looking at facts to determine whether we need to move forward to a formal investigation.”

Wrobel says the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine issued an “expression of concern” about the research after publishing the research online. It has delayed publication in its print version. Five researchers from the Nebraska medical school and two from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia studied the role of protein in a lung complication related to the AIDS virus.

Wrobel says the university is taking such allegations seriously.

“Research funding could be compromised. The integrity of the science comes first,” according to Wrobel. “We want to make sure that all of our scientific findings are accurate.”

Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.

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