The Montreal Heart Institute withdraws the privileges of a fundamental research scientist

MONTREAL, Sept. 2, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - During today's press conference, Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif, Director of the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) Research Centre, gave a briefing on the allegations of scientific misconduct with regard to the fundamental research work of Mr. Zhiguo Wang.

Dr. Tardif explained that, at the end of June, the MHI Research Centre's officials were informed that two of Mr. Zhiguo Wang's publications had been retracted from two scientific journals. The MHI's management immediately mandated an independent expert committee to investigate allegations of possible scientific misconduct. The investigation was conducted in accordance with MHI's Research Institutional Policy and the highest level of ethical standards for conducting scientific research.

Following a rigorous process, the expert committee concluded that Mr. Wang was found to have deviated from MHI's ethical standards of proper scientific conduct and his responsibilities as a researcher. The report and names of the committee members will be kept confidential in order to protect the identity of all those involved and to maintain the confidentiality of the scientific misconduct denunciation process, in accordance with MHI's policies and general guidelines.

In compliance with the recommendations of the committee and senior management of the Research Centre, the MHI's Executive Director took the immediate action to proceed with the necessary sanctions; Mr. Wang's research privileges and status as researcher were removed and his laboratory was closed. The MHI has also requested the retraction of three additional scientific articles. The MHI ensured that all relevant stakeholders were informed in order to guarantee that all necessary measures surrounding this situation were being implemented.

Dr. Tardif also stated that: " Mr. Zhiguo Wang is not a physician. His activities at the MHI consisted in conducting fundamental research studies at the cellular level. Mr. Wang's research work did not involve patients and was not associated with any drug testing."

About the Montreal Heart Institute: www.icm-mhi.org

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For further information:

Julie Chevrette
Communication Advisor
Montreal Heart Institute
Phone: (514) 376-3330 ext. 2641
julie.chevrette@icm-mhi.org

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