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Duke returns grant awarded to disgraced researcher

Posted December 8, 2010

— Duke University is returning $437,000 in research funding that was awarded to a former faculty member who exaggerated his credentials, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The money was part of a $729,000 American Cancer Society grant to Dr. Anil Potti in 2007. The organization stopped payment on the rest of the grant in July after questions arose about his research.

Potti, who resigned last month, 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.

Two published papers based on his research have been retracted in recent weeks after a collaborator said the results of Potti's work couldn't be reproduced.

Duke has no plans to seek restitution from Potti, said Douglas Stokke, spokesman for Duke University Health System.


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  • Sherlock Dec 8, 2010

    Why our they not returning all of the money, it was taken on false information. It should all be paid back.

  • justafella Dec 8, 2010

    mrsbowen, maybe the fake doc from Fayetteville is already working at Duke.

  • mrsbowen Dec 8, 2010

    I thought folks at Duke were smart. How hard is it to check someone's credentials? Maybe that Fayetteville fake doctor has a chance at getting on at Duke!!!

  • Deep Thought Dec 8, 2010

    OK, am I confused? He lied, got caught and was 'placed on administrative leave.' Then Duke gave him back $437,000.00, or gave it back to the group that awarded it but aren't going to try to get it back from Potti? In other words, Duke is still Duke, they don't ever learn.

  • GWALLY Dec 8, 2010

    ....Duke....Nifonged AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!