NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 13, April 25, 1997


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 a final finding of scientific misconduct in the following



Manoj Misra, Ph.D., Dartmouth College:  Based upon the Office of

Research Integrity's (ORI) review of a report forwarded to ORI by

Dartmouth College, Dr. Misra's admission of certain facts in that

report, and ORI's own analysis, ORI found that Dr. Misra, a former

postdoctoral research associate, Department of Chemistry, Dartmouth

College, engaged in scientific misconduct by intentionally altering

laboratory notebook data entries for research supported by a grant

from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS),

National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Specifically, Dr. Misra altered

laboratory notebook data entries in two instances in an effort to

conceal prior manipulations of that data without disclosure or

explanation to the principal investigator or anyone else.  The

experiment at issue involved an assay of the chemical activity of a

carcinogen, and Dr. Misra's change in the readings of the "control"

experiment, in which no carcinogen was present, changed the results.


Dr. Misra has accepted the ORI finding and has entered into a

Voluntary Exclusion Agreement with ORI in which he has voluntarily

agreed, for the three (3) year period beginning April 7, 1997:


(1) to exclude himself from serving in any advisory capacity to the

Public Health Service (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 any institution that submits an application for PHS support

for a research project on which Dr. Misra's participation is proposed

or which uses him in any capacity on PHS supported research must

concurrently submit a plan for supervision of his duties.  The

supervisory plan must be designed to ensure the scientific integrity

of Dr. Misra's research contribution.  The institution must submit a

copy of the supervisory plan to ORI.


No scientific publications were required to be corrected as part of

this Agreement.




For further information contact:


Acting 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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