Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-093
Release Date: April 15, 2015
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has taken final action in the following case:
Teresita L. Briones, Ph.D., Wayne State University: Based on the report of an inquiry conducted by Wayne State University (WSU) and additional analysis conducted by ORI in its oversight review, ORI found that Dr. Teresita L. Briones, former Associate Professor, College of Nursing, WSU, engaged in research misconduct in research supported by National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), grants P30 NR009014, R01 NR005260, and R01 NR007666.
ORI found that Respondent intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly engaged in research misconduct by falsifying and/or fabricating data that were included in five (5) publications and three (3) grant applications submitted to NINR, NIH:
ORI found that Respondent falsified and/or fabricated data by falsely reporting the results of Western blot experiments that examined neuroinflammation, amyloidogenesis, and/or cognitive impairment in a rat model of cerebral ischemia. Specifically, Respondent duplicated, reused, and falsely relabeled Western blot gel images and claimed they represented different experiments in:
As a result of this Agreement, Respondent will request that the following publications be retracted: BBR 2015, JNI 2014, JNT 2009, JNT 2011, and NS 2014.
Dr. Briones has entered into a Voluntary Exclusion Agreement (Agreement) and has voluntarily agreed for a period of three (3) years, beginning on March 12, 2015:
(1) to exclude herself from any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the United States Government and from eligibility for or involvement in non-procurement programs of the United States Government referred to as "covered transactions" pursuant to HHS' Implementation (2 CFR part 376 et seq) of OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government-wide Debarment and Suspension, 2 CFR part 180 (collectively the "Debarment Regulations");
(2) to exclude herself voluntarily from serving in any advisory capacity to the U.S. 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
(3) to request that the following publications be retracted: BBR 2015, JNI 2014, JNT 2009, JNT 2011, and NS 2014.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Donald Wright, M.D., M.P.H.
Office of Research Integrity
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 750
Rockville, MD 20852