Release Date:  October 25, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-02-008

Department of Health and Human Services

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:

David A. Padgett, Ph.D., The Ohio State University: Based on the report of an 
investigation conducted by The Ohio State University (OSU), the Respondent's 
admissions, and additional analysis conducted by ORI in its oversight review, 
the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) found that Dr. Padgett, an Assistant 
Professor at the OSU College of Dentistry engaged in scientific misconduct in 
grant application 1 R01 AG20102-01 submitted to the National Institute of 
Aging, National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Specifically, PHS finds that Dr. Padgett plagiarized and misrepresented as his 
own research data for Figures 1 and 2 of this NIH grant application, data 
which represented unpublished experiments originally conducted by a researcher 
at another institution for a private company.  The plagiarism was a 
significant misrepresentation because the data appeared in the preliminary 
results section of the NIH grant application.  The respondent used these 
experiments, which were relevant to the proposed research, to support the 
request for funding.

Dr. Padgett has entered into a Voluntary Exclusion Agreement (Agreement) in 
which he has voluntarily agreed for a period of three (3) years, beginning on 
October 4, 2001:

(1)  to exclude himself 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 Dr. Padgett and any institution employing him are required to 
certify, in every PHS application or report in which he is involved, that all 
persons who contribute original sources of ideas, data, or research results to 
the applications or reports are properly cited or otherwise acknowledged.  
This requires Dr. Padgett and the institution, with respect to Dr. Padgett's 
contributions to the application or report, to certify that all individuals 
(both within and outside the institution) who contributed to the application 
or report are acknowledged.  The institution must also send a copy of the 
certification to ORI.


For further information contact:

Division of Investigative Oversight
Office of Research Integrity
5515 Security Lane, Suite 700
Rockville, MD  20852
Telephone:  (301) 443-5330

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