FINDINGS OF SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT

REELEASE DATE:  December 2, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-04-012

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and 
the Assistant Secretary for Health have taken final action in the 
following case:

Lajuane Woodard, University of Maryland, Baltimore:  Based on the 
report of an investigation conducted by the University of Maryland, 
Baltimore (UMB Report), the respondent’s admission of responsibility, 
and additional analysis conducted by ORI in its oversight review, the 
U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) found that Lajuane Woodard, former 
contractual employee, Department of Pediatrics at UMB, engaged in 
scientific misconduct in research supported by National Institute of 
Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant 2 R01 
MH54983, entitled “Effectiveness of Standard versus Embellished HIV 
Prevention.”

Specifically, PHS found that Ms. Woodard engaged in scientific 
misconduct by fabricating interview records for the Focus on Teens HIV 
Risk Prevention Program for one interview claimed to have been 
performed in June 2001.

Ms. Woodard has entered into a Voluntary Exclusion Agreement 
(Agreement) in which she has voluntarily agreed for a period of three 
(3) years, beginning on October 30, 2003:

(1)  to exclude herself from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS 
including but not limited to service on any PHS advisory committee, 
board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant; and

(2)  that her participation in any PHS-supported research will be 
conditioned on an appropriate plan of supervision of her duties 
(Supervision Plan) as follows:  (i) any institution that submits an 
application for PHS support for a research project in which Ms. 
Woodard’s participation is proposed or anticipated must concurrently 
submit a Supervision Plan to the funding agency for approval; and (ii) 
any institution using Ms. Woodard in any capacity in PHS-supported 
research must submit a Supervision Plan to the funding agency for 
approval.  The Supervision Plan must be designed to ensure the 
scientific integrity of her research contribution.  A copy of the 
Supervision Plan must also be submitted to ORI by the institution.  Ms. 
Woodard agreed that she will not participate in any PHS-supported 
research until the Supervision Plan has been submitted to ORI.

INQUIRIES

For further information contact:

Director
Division of Investigative Oversight
Office of Research Integrity
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750
Rockville, MD  20852
Telephone:  301- 443-5330


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