NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 19, June 14, 1996


P.T. 34


  Ethics/Values in Science & Technol 

  Grants Administration/Policy+ 


Department of Health and Human Services


Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

has made final findings of scientific misconduct in the following



Eric T. Fossel, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School:  Based on ORI~s

analysis of the relevant evidence and conclusions submitted by the

Harvard Medical School Committee on Faculty Conduct, ORI found that

Eric T. Fossel, Ph.D., former Harvard Medical School Associate

Professor of Radiology at Beth Israel Hospital, committed scientific

misconduct by reporting falsified research results in a Public Health

Service (PHS) grant application.


Specifically, Dr. Fossel altered nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)

data in the Multicenter Breast Trial (MCBT) such that the NMR test,

purporting to detect from a patient~s blood sample a predisposition

toward malignancy or a relapse,  appeared to be more accurate,

sensitive, and specific than was actually the case.  Premised on

these falsely reported results, Dr. Fossel proposed in a PHS grant

application that the National Cancer Institute provide funds to

complete the MCBT.


Dr. Fossel has entered into a Voluntary Exclusion Agreement with ORI

in which he has voluntarily agreed, for the three year period

beginning May 9, 1996, to exclude himself from:


(1) any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the United

States Government and from eligibility for, or involvement in,

nonprocurement transactions (e.g., grants and cooperative agreements)

of the United States Government as defined in 45 C.F.R. Part 76

(Debarment Regulations), and


(2) 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.


No scientific publications were required to be corrected as part of

this Agreement.




For further information, contact:


Director, Division of Research Investigations

Office of Research Integrity

5515 Security Lane, Suite 700

Rockville, MD  20852

Telephone:  (301) 443-5330



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