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Researcher no longer working at University of Michigan amid falsified data charge

From, January 24, 2023

ANN ARBOR, MI - A University of Michigan researcher has been fired for falsified or fabricated data in multiple publications.

Dr. Chung Owyang, formerly a gastroenterology researcher in Michigan Medicine, is no longer employed at UM as of Jan. 2, due to “research misconduct,” said university spokeswoman Kim Broekhuizen.
UM also has requested that four different publications retract elements of publications that relied on Owyang’s research into brains and hormonal reactions.
“The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and upholding the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research and scholarship,” Broekhuizen said.

One of the retractions was made in the Journal of Neurophysiology and three were made in the American Journal of Physiology’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology sections. Each retraction cited UM taking action against Owyang’s “falsified or fabricated data.”
A complaint into Owyang’s work also has been sent to the U.S. Department of Health of Human Services by the Maryland-based group Stop Animal Exploitation NOW!. The complaint mentions that Owyang received $3.38 million in research grant funding for his work, which involved testing on rats.

Allegations of research misconduct at UM are reviewed by a Research Integrity Officer employed by the UM Office of the Vice President for Research, Broekhuizen said.

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