Two stem cell scientists who left Harvard University in the aftermath of a messy misconduct investigation may have found new roles in Italy'sNational Institute of Health.
According to adocument on the institute's website,which wehad translated,Piero Anversa and Annarosa Leri have been approved to start work at theIstituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) by the institute's board of directors.However,the president of the organization told us that the hirings are not yet final.
The document says the board unanimously recommended the appointments of Anversa and Leri on January 31 as winning candidates with "a rating of ‘excellent.'"
According to the document,Anversa would be an ISS expert in stem cell-based treatments for diabetes and Leri would be an expert in stem-based therapies for cardiovascular disease.
However,ISS president Gualtiero Ricciardi told bepaly手机注册网址bepaly体育赌博Retraction Watch:
Drs Anversa and Leri have participated in a public call for scientific collaboration that is still ongoing.No final decision has been taken so far.
Ricciardi did not respond to questions about what the roles are and when the decision will be final.
Anversa and Leri's past includes a misconduct investigation and a lawsuit.In 2014,the duo's then-employersHarvard and Brigham & Women's Hospitalinvestigated their work.The scientists haveone bepaly体育赌博retraction and eight corrections.
In 2014,the researcherssuedHarvard and Brigham & Women's Hospital,claiming that disclosingthe investigation damaged their reputations.The two scientistslostthat case.Last year,the hospitaland its parent healthcare networkpaid$10 million to the U.S.governmentto resolve the allegations that Anversa,Leri and a third colleague,Jan Kajstura:
knew or should have known that their laboratory promulgated and relied upon manipulated and falsified information
After leavingBrigham & Women's Hospital for Switzerlandin 2015,Anversa and Leri workedatCardiocentro Ticinoofthe Swiss Institute for Regenerative Medicine,aninstitute associated with the University of Zurich.We emailed Anversa and Leri at theirCardiocentro Ticinoaccounts but received a response that theemail address is no longer active.We also contacted Leri at a personal account but did not hear back.
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