IARS Commitment to Academic Excellence and Rigor
The IARS has learned that six published articles authored by Hironobu Ueshima, a member of the Department of Anesthesiology at Showa University Medical School in Tokyo, have been retracted from their respective publications due to unreliable data. An investigation by Showa University is ongoing.
Dr. Hiroshi Otake, who at the time was Chair of the Showa Anesthesiology Department and a member of the IARS Board of Trustees, was a co-author on the retracted papers. By mutual agreement, Dr. Otake subsequently resigned from the IARS Board.
The IARS has an obligation to uphold the highest standards in its governance and in the field of anesthesia research. The Society is deeply committed to ensuring complete academic integrity and is unwilling to accept or abide misconduct or the perception of misconduct. This commitment extends to the people who serve in IARS leadership.
The IARS is continuing to monitor further developments in this investigation. In the meantime, IARS leadership is redoubling its commitment to academic excellence and rigor. Our responsibility to our profession and to our patients demands nothing less.
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