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
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been retracted from two scientific journals.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
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."
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