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Researcher on Health Benefits of Resveratrol and Red Wine Falsified Data
- Wine & Health
- Written by Fred Swan
- Wednesday, 11 January 2012 21:53
The Associated Press and CBS are reporting that reseveratrol rearcher Dr. Dipak Das, University of Connecticut, has published research on numerous occasions using made-up data. An three-year long internal investigation by the university cites 145 uses of faked data within the past seven years. Eleven scientific journals in which Das’s research was published have been cautioned that his work is now suspect.
The University of Connecticut is in the process of firing Dr. Das. He has worked there since 1994 and is currently both a professor of surgery and director of the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Further investigations into the validity of his research are now underway. The university has not yet disclosed which research is known to be compromised. Among Das' areas of research is the use of plants, or chemicals found in plants, for medical purposes.
According to his biography on the website of the Natural Health Research Institute, Dipak Das has published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and is himself on the editorial board for numerous journals. He is also editor-in-chief for the Antioxidant and Redox Signaling Journal.
Since the broadcast of Morley Safer’s 60 Minutes piece on “The French Paradox” in 1991, investigation into — and breathless reporting on — potential health benefits of red wine has surged. Likewise, consumption of red wine, sometimes under the direction of doctors, has grown substantially in the United States. The video report suggested that the French suffer fewer heart attacks, despite rich diets, due in part to their consumption of red wine. Research into the phenomenon has led to the phenol resveratrol as a possible reason for the French’s good cardiac health.
An example of Das’s work, Resveratrol in Cardioprotection: A Therapeutic Promise of Alternative Medicine, can be downloaded (pdf) here. That paper suggests resveratrol is a cardiac preconditioning agent, said to be the best means of cardioprotection. In the conclusion, Das states “There has been a desperate search for pharmaceutical pre-conditioning agents. Resveratrol appears to fulfill the definition of a pharmaceutical preconditioning compound.” We will soon know if Das’s response to that “desperate search” included falsification of data in resveratrol studies.
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