Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Welsh Medical Dean under Investigation

The Times Higher Education reports on investigations being launched in Wales into an image manipulation case. There have been allegations of six papers published by B. P. Morgan, who is dean of medicine at Cardiff University, containing manipulated images.

Morgen is a prolific author, having published 400 172 papers since 1998. As one of the commenters noted: "That's one every single fortnight, rain, hail or sunshine, Christmas, Easter and summer for fourteen years. And he has had time to be Dean for part of that, too?"

Science Fraud has more detail on the cases,  and Retraction Watch details one paper that was retracted from the Journal of Immunology.


  1. Update to Times Higher article.

    "Professor Morgan, who is also a member of the Medical Research Council's governing council, has published 172 papers since 1998, and 35 review articles or chapters in the same period, according to Cardiff."

  2. From updated Times Higher article:

    "Tom Leonard 19 September, 2012
    So it's one every month, not fortnight. My point about the processes for putting names on science papers is still valid, even without the dean duties. And btw: innocent until proven guilty absolutely applies."

  3. One a month (4.5 weeks) is still pretty prolific.

  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22083549

  5. The BBC report anonymous posted above states that "[t]he dean of Cardiff University's school of medicine has been cleared of research misconduct after claims images were manipulated in academic articles."

  6. Two 2013 retractions published in the journal "Cancer Research" for BP Morgan.

    PMID: 24204029

    PMID: 24204028

  7. There is a retraction notice for Mol Immunol. 2008 Jan;45(2):534-42

    in Molecular Immunology Volume 58, Issue 1, March 2014, Pages 150.



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