NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 35, October 6, 1995

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


Catherine Kerr, St. Mary's Hospital:  The Office of Research

Integrity (ORI) conducted an investigation into possible scientific

misconduct on the part of Ms. Catherine Kerr while she was a data

coordinator at St. Mary's Hospital, Montreal, Quebec.  ORI concluded

that Ms. Kerr committed scientific misconduct by falsifying and

fabricating the dates of tests or examinations required prior to

study entry for one woman entered on the Breast Cancer Prevention

Trial (BCPT).  She also fabricated laboratory results and falsified

dates of laboratory tests used to follow the progress of another

woman entered on the trial.  The BCPT is coordinated by the National

Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) and supported by

the National Cancer Institute and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood

Institute.  Because the BCPT is still in progress, no conclusions or

results have been published and no clinical recommendations have been

based on the results of the study.

Ms. Kerr originally appealed but later withdrew her request for a

hearing on the ORI findings and administrative actions, which require

that, for a period of three years, any institution that proposes Ms.

Kerr's participation in PHS-supported research must submit a

supervisory plan designed to ensure the scientific integrity of her

contribution.  Ms. Kerr is also prohibited from serving in any

advisory capacity to PHS for a period of three years.


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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