SiteWatch: Duke Pays Out $112 Million in Settlements Involving Fraudulent Research Data

NPR reports that Duke University will pay out $112.5 million to settle accusations with the federal government that it submitted bogus data to win federal research grants. As part of this settlement, whistleblower Joseph Thomas will receive $33.75 million. Thomas sued the university on behalf of the federal government noting that the prestigious university “fudged data” to help it secure lucrative National Institutes of Health and EPA grant. Thomas was a former lab analyst with Duke. Duke is one of the most prestigious research institutions in the United States. We don’t like to label them as a research site with dangerous problems, however it was problematic that Duke research allowed this to occur. We sincerely hope they have tightened up their research grant business development efforts. Revenue is important, but it is also important it to pursue it in an ethical, fair, and legal manner.