University of Saskatchewan

July 26, 2014   

U OF S COMMITTEE FINDS NO EVIDENCE OF RESEARCH MISCONDUCT

June 10, 1999

A three-person panel appointed by College of Medicine Dean David Popkin to look into an allegation of research misconduct has found no evidence of misconduct, and therefore has concluded that the complaint does not warrant a full investigation.

The preliminary review was conducted in response to allegations raised by biostatistician Emma Bartfay in a statement of claim filed May 10 against the research director of the Institute for Health and Outcomes Research (IHOR) and the University of Saskatchewan.

In accordance with established University policy, Dean Popkin appointed the review panel to conduct a preliminary assessment and report back to him by June 11. Had the panel found any evidence of misconduct which warranted further review, another committee would have been struck in accordance with policy to conduct a full investigation.

Popkin stressed the University takes very seriously the integrity of the research process. "The regulations with regard to research misconduct have been followed and we find it reassuring that the preliminary assessment committee found no fault with the researcher about whom the complaint was made," he said.

He said he could not discuss specifics of the case as the case is now before the courts.

For more information on the investigative process, visit the U of S Research web site’s section on Ethics in Research: http://www.usask.ca/research/handbk/2-9.shtml

For more information, contract:

Dr. David Popkin
Dean of the College of Medicine
(306) 966-6149

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