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Duke researcher who fudged resume resigns

Posted November 19, 2010

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— A Duke University researcher who padded his resume submitted his resignation Friday, and the university ended three cancer studies on which he was working.

Dr. Anil Potti had been associate professor of medicine at Duke's School of Medicine and the university's Institute for Genome Science & Policy.

Duke suspended patient enrollment in the three clinical trials in July after learning that Potti exaggerated his credentials, including claiming that he was a Rhodes scholar. The university placed him on administrative leave while officials investigated the claims.

Researcher Joseph Nevins, who collaborated with Potti on earlier studies, has initiated a process intended to lead to a retraction of a paper previously published in Nature Medicine because of concerns about the conclusions reached in it. Other  published papers based on Potti's work also are being reviewed for any concerns, the university said.

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  • mrman2a Nov 23, 2010

    Fair and unbias my foot.Politically correct is more like it.

  • WRALSUCKS Nov 19, 2010

    "It’s my understanding that Dr. Potti had been involved with Oxford in some capacity. Since his native language is not English, I’m willing to at least give him the benefit of the doubt in the exact phraseology on his CV."

    If he can't even fill out a form correctly , he has no business doing research in this country.

  • squid90 Nov 19, 2010

    Potti was not involved or never involved with Oxfprd University. That was the lie on his CV.

  • Go Figure Nov 19, 2010

    You can't be serious, Sailbad. Most MD's and PhD's are very educated and intelligent and most likely have a professional CV compiled for them so don't make excuses for this guy. He has ruined his reputation by padding his CV...and as for the data in his research, it will considered tainted. I work in Clinical Research and have also worked at the Cancer Center at Duke.

  • SailbadTheSinner Nov 19, 2010

    A dissenting opinion:

    It’s my understanding that Dr. Potti had been involved with Oxford in some capacity. Since his native language is not English, I’m willing to at least give him the benefit of the doubt in the exact phraseology on his CV.

    About the paper retraction, there appear to be several opinions about the statistical methods that were used. As is common, some of the divergent opinions are held by powerful researchers with very powerful voices and very long reaches. This is not at all unusual in both the Physical and Life Sciences.

    I personally believe that Dr. Potti “fell onto his sword” to make a clean break and to move onward with his career, a noble move probably motivated by enlightened self-interest....

    STS

  • Go Figure Nov 19, 2010

    I would like to know how long he had been there before the light bulb came on in DOOK's head???

  • royalnc Nov 19, 2010

    I'm amused that one can go from talking about a Duke professor who faked his credentials to arguing the birthplace of the president. Talk about thread drift...

  • GravyPig Nov 19, 2010

    (facepalm)

    I see I haven't missed anything since being away from GOLO. Somehow this has broken down to a discussion on Presidential Credentials.

    (shruggs)

  • Go Figure Nov 19, 2010

    If I were one of the patients on those cancer studies I would not be happy at all.....Go to UNC.

  • Go Figure Nov 19, 2010

    Did DOOK bother to find out if he was even an MD?

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