February 16th, 2012

Japanese Researcher with Harvard Connections Retracts 3 Articles in AHA Journals

Akio Kawakami, a well-published lipid researcher at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, has retracted three papers from AHA journals, including one article in the AHA’s flagship journal Circulation. The two other retractions were for articles in Circulation Research and Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular BiologyNews of the retractions was first reported on Retraction Watch.

Two of Kawakami’s co-authors are well known researchers affiliated with Harvard University and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Peter Libby and Frank Sacks. Prior to his position in Tokyo, Kawakami had been at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Nutrition, where Sacks also works. Sacks is a co-author on all three of the retracted papers, while Peter Libby is a co-author on one. Kawakami was also the first author of four additional papers on which Libby and Sacks were co-authors, including two published in 2006 in Circulation (here and here).

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