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Animal rights watchdog group quashes 2 fraudulent scientific articles

From, April 14, 2022

A national research watchdog is charging former award winning graduate student/animal researcher at Drexel University here—at the center of a scandal involving multiple falsified publications—has now had another scholarly article retracted, for falsely claiming affiliation with his former institution, Drexel.

The most recently falsified article, was retracted just two days ago, following a complaint filed by SAEN, a national watchdog nonprofit that investigates animal abuse and illegal activities at U.S. research facilities.

The study: Dynamic changes in arterial pressure following high cervical transection in the decerebrate rat was retracted April 12, 2022. The reason for the retraction is listed as:

“Drexel University is listed in the above article as having provided funding and ethical approval for the reported study. After publication, Drexel University has confirmed that the corresponding author was not affiliated with their institution at the time of publication of this article and has not been affiliated with the institution since 2017. As accurately representing, affiliated institution, ethics approval and the source of funding is core to the integrity of published work, we are therefore retracting the article.”

The article title discusses partial brain removal as well as cervical transection in rats, said watchdog SAEN, noting that in light of the fact that these procedures may have been performed without scientific/veterinary approval of any kind, and with no oversight on the performance of such highly invasive procedures, it is more than shocking.

Michael George Zaki Ghali, previous recipient of Drexel’s prestigious Amedeo Bondi PhD Endowed Graduate award, has now had over a dozen journal articles retracted.

Another recent Ghali retraction followed an earlier complaint filed by SAEN.

The Journal of Integrative Neuroscience (JIN) retracted Ghali’s grisly March 30, 2020 article on rat experimentation. The retracted article discusses another gruesome experiment in which rats brains are cut out.

In the email to SAEN confirming the retraction, Alex Zhang, JIN’s Managing Editor, stated: “Thank you again for your generous effort to preserve the integrity of the scientific community.”

“All of Ghali’s fraudulent animal research publications should be removed from the scientific record,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., co-founder, SAEN, adding, “Clearly the scientific community’s peer review process has failed. How are articles published wherein an author claims a non-existent connection to a university?”

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