A celebrated Montreal scientist and a senior executive at one of the world’s biggest drug companies co-authored a study that contains “intentionally contrived and falsified” images, according to a report from McGill University.
The two researchers and McGill officials are saying little publicly about the case that is attracting international attention.
But a summary of a McGill’s internal investigation obtained by Postmedia News says “falsifications” were found in a study co-authored by Maya Saleh, an associate professor in McGill’s medical faculty, and Donald Nicholson, a vice-president and senior scientist at Merck Research Laboratories in New Jersey. Nicholson is listed as an adjunct professor of biochemistry at McGill, but university officials say he does not teach at the school.
McGill’s committee on research misconduct concluded in November that two figures in a study by Saleh and Nicholson, published in the high-profile journal Nature, “were intentionally contrived and falsified,” the summary says. Continue reading