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Biomedical Research Practices and Quality of Life

January 31, 2013

In discussions and reviews of the costs of scientific and biomedical research fraud, the most important and devastating consequence is rarely mentioned. (1)  Reports on the consequences of research fraud correctly raise the loss of public confidence in research; the effect on recruiting subjects for participation in clinical research studies (a primary factor in the money and time needed for clinical trials); effects on colleagues, students, post—docs and others on the research team (an effect I can personally verify); and the consequences for the department and institution where the misconduct occurs. (2)

–>Yet the most important impact is on those suffering from the disease states to which our biomedical research is devoted. Their quality and length of life is dependent on the basic day-to-day practices of the research team.

(1) Dahlberg, J.  The Costs of Research Misconduct.  Office of Research Integrity Newsletter, December 2009

(2)  It should be noted that federally—funded grants such as NIH are given to the grantee Institution or University not the researcher. Usually the Institution/University is responsible for Responsible Conduct in Research education programs.

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