Study Used Fraudulent Photos – Bombshell Report!
(NewsReady.com) – Alzheimer’s Disease impacts about 5.8 million people ages 65 and over in the United States and 50 million worldwide. In 2006, Nature Medicine published a study that went on to be one of the most cited pieces of research in almost two decades. However, a recent probe raises questions about its validity.
According to reports, a probe into Sylvain Lesné, the author of the research, may have used image manipulation to support his findings. The 2006 study found Aβ clumps, also called plaques, in the brain are the most prominent cause of the disease. The academic journal Science asked Elisabeth Bik to review Vanderbilt University Medical Center neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Schrag’s conclusions about errors in Lesné’s work.
Bik agreed that allegations of image manipulation were “compelling and sound.”
Were two separate, major lines of Alzheimer’s research tainted by image fabrication, with far-reaching implications for the field? I take a deep look for @ScienceMagazine https://t.co/f26wIf6ktf
— Charles Piller (@cpiller) July 21, 2022
The probe originally looked into Cassava Sciences’ Alzheimer’s drug candidate, simufilam. Bik raised concerns about potentially falsified research papers on the medication from City University New York (CUNY) School of Medicine’s Hoau-Yan Wang’s Cassava-linked lab.
Cassava Sciences denied the allegations. CUNY’s Jay Mwamba told UPI that it takes accusations of misconduct seriously. The University of Minnesota is looking into the allegations against Lesné’s work, as well.
It’s unclear how the accusations will impact Alzheimer’s research or its funding moving forward.
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