Cancer researcher suspended over bogus credentials

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New York, Jul 21: Duke University School of Medicine has suspended an Indian-American cancer researcher, after investigations revealed that he had made false claims that he had won several awards, including the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

According to sources, identified as Dr Anil Potti, is an associate professor in the department of medicine and IGSP at Duke University.

The controversy erupted after an article published in The Cancer Letter, a weekly publication for cancer specialists, reported that Dr Potti, had on occasion exaggerated his credentials. A spokeswoman at Rhodes House at Oxford confirmed that Dr Potti had not received the scholarship.

As a result the three trails, 2 on lung cancer and 1 on breast cancer, conducted by Potti have been suspended by the Duke University.

"Dr Potti has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation," Duke University spokesman, Douglas Stokke said.

Potti is receiving more than USD 600,000 through two federal cancer research grants from the NIH.

Duke University is a private research university located in Durham, North Carolina, United States.

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