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Men More Likely Than Women To Commit Scientific Fraud

While calling for more research to understand the motives for scientific misconduct, Dr. Casadevall recommends periodic ethics training for scientists at all levels of academia. "Right now we target trainees for ethics training," he added. "We don't do anything after they are hired. It might help if universities required refresher courses in ethics, as they do with courses to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. It won't stop all misconduct, but it's one place to start."

The paper is titled "Males Are Overrepresented among Life Science Researchers Committing Scientific Misconduct." Additional authors are Ferric Fang, M.D., at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington, and Joan W. Bennett at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

The authors report no conflict of interest.

About Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Albert Einstein College of Medicine ( http://www.einstein.yu.edu/) of Yeshiva University is one of the nation's premier centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Einstein is home to 742 M.D. ( http://www.einstein.yu.edu/education/md-program/md-program.aspx?id=11144) students, 245 Ph.D. http://www.einstein.yu.edu/education/phd/) (students, 116 students in the combined M.D./Ph.D. program ( http://mstp.einstein.yu.edu/), and 360 postdoctoral research fellows ( http://www.einstein.yu.edu/research/belfer-institute/default.aspx?id=28561&ekmensel=15074e5e_4074_4116_btnlink). The College of Medicine has 2,476 full time faculty members located on the main campus and at its clinical affiliates ( http://www.einstein.yu.edu/health/affiliates.asp). In 2012, Einstein received over $160 million in awards from the NIH. This includes the funding of major research centers ( http://www.einstein.yu.edu/centers/) at Einstein in diabetes, cancer, liver disease, and AIDS. Other areas where the College of Medicine is concentrating its efforts include developmental brain research, neuroscience, cardiac disease, and initiatives to reduce and eliminate ethnic and racial health disparities. Its partnership with Montefiore Medical Center ( http://www.montefiore.org/), the University Hospital and academic medical center for Einstein, advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. Through its extensive affiliation network involving Montefiore, Jacobi Medical Center ( http://www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/jacobi/html/home/home.shtml) –Einstein's founding hospital, and five other hospital systems in the Bronx, Manhattan, Long Island and Brooklyn,  Einstein runs one of the largest residency and fellowship training programs in the medical and dental professions in the United States. For more information, please visit www.einstein.yu.edu and follow us on Twitter @EinsteinMed.

SOURCE Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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