Red wine researcher besmirched
January 13, 2012
Red wine’s benefits to cardiovascular health have been extolled for years, and now an East Coast researcher known for his research on the issue is being accused of falsifying data. [SF Chronicle]
Behavior of Dipak Das of the University of Connecticut was discovered by an internal institutional review after the discovery of more than 140 instances in which the researcher exaggerated or lied about data results.
Red wine’s popularity got a big boost in 2006 when studies showed that an ingredient, resveratrol, caused obese mice to live longer, healthier lives. Das was not connected to those studies, and other scientists insist that Das is not a major figure in the field. He’s been at the university’s health center since 1983.