VA Findings of Research Misconduct - Office of Research Oversight
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VA Findings of Research Misconduct

Per VHA Handbook 1058.02  (“Research Misconduct”) §6k, all final VA findings of research misconduct made in connection with allegations received by VA on or after February 7, 2014, may be published by VA.  Specifically, VA may publish the Respondent’s name, the Respondent’s current or former VA position, a detailed summary of the findings of research misconduct, and the corrective actions imposed.

Alba Chavez-Dozal, PhD, a former employee of the New Mexico VA Health Care System intentionally and/or knowingly engaged in research misconduct by falsifying and/or fabricating data results presented at two laboratory meetings and published in two research articles and one review article.  The corrective actions include publication of the findings and a prohibition from conducting VA research for four years.