Anyone who truly understands the sick and twisted world that we live in, knows that there are both honest and corrupt people in all the various industries and levels of our society. This fact would include the medical industry whether it is corrupt doctors receiving bribes for their business, or as in this case, a scientist who falsified information with spiked rabbit blood to fake HIV vaccine results.
Just imagine the lies about studies and vaccines like this story that are never found out.
In July, 2015 the Washington Post reported that Dong Pyou Han, a former Iowa State University researcher was sentenced to more than four and half years in prison and ordered him to repay $7.2 million in grant funds his team received from the federal government using his falsified data.
The FBI said this about the sentencing of Dong Pyou Han in a press release:
According to the Indictment, while conducting research on behalf of Iowa State University, Dr. Han falsified scientific data to make it appear an experimental HIV/AIDS vaccine, gp41, neutralized, or controlled, the HIV/AIDS virus in rabbits, when in fact the vaccine did not. The Indictment further alleges that Dr. Han spiked sera samples from gp41-immunized rabbits with human sera containing HIV antibodies. The spiking of the rabbit samples made it appear that gp41 produced neutralizing antibodies against the HIV/AIDS virus. The false data was reported to the National Institutes of Health in a research grant application and funded grant progress reports.
In his plea agreement, Dr. Han admitted he provided false data reported in National Institutes of Health Grant Application, “Enhancing B cell immunity against HIV-1 using novel vaccine delivery platforms” and National Institutes of Health Progress Report, “Characterization of immunogenic and structural properties of HIV-1 envelope.” Dr. Han also admitted that data derived from his spiking rabbit sera samples with human antibodies was reported to the National Institutes of Health.
“Taxpayers fund medical research with the hope that promising scientific breakthroughs will result in much-needed treatments and cures for patients. Because the money for medical research is limited and the need for scientific advances is great, funding decisions must be based on the best information available. When Dr. Han faked lab results—collecting scarce government medical research funding under false presentences—he recklessly betrayed the public’s trust,” said Special Agent in Charge Gerald T. Roy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. “Researchers who lie about their work will face the consequences.”
The Washington Post further reported:
Academic misconduct often doesn’t even result in researchers losing their jobs, and it is even rarer for criminal charges and prison time to result from one of these cases. In 2006, a researcher pleaded guilty to falsifying information on an NIH grant and was sentenced to a year in prison — the first time such a sentence handed down for scientific misconduct.
In 2013, Han, a Korean national, resigned in disgrace from the Iowa university. The U.S. Office of Research Integrity slapped him with a 3-year ban on pursuing federal research grants. And the university repaid the $500,000 it had received for Han’s salary from the NIH.
But the case and the scope of the fraud caught the eye of U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) who demanded to know why more had not been done to recover the millions spent by the NIH to fund the bogus research.
“This seems like a very light penalty for a doctor who purposely tampered with a research trial and directly caused millions of taxpayer dollars to be wasted on fraudulent studies,” Grassley noted in a 2014 letter to the investigatory office that typically levies punishments for this type of misconduct.