Controversy over nutrition research as JAMA retracts 6 studies

Cornell University researcher in trouble over wobbly data

Six pieces of research undertaken by Cornell University's Dr Brian Wansink (PhD) have been retracted from JAMA journals, including findings that people tend to eat more when served on larger plates.

Dr Wansink has been removed from all teaching and research positions at the university after an investigation found he’d committed “academic misconduct”, Cornell University said in a statement. 

He will retire by the middle of next year, and in the meantime, will be obligated to co-operate with the university in an “ongoing review of his prior research.”

His academic misconduct included "misreporting of research data, problematic statistical techniques, failure to properly document and preserve research results, and inappropriate authorship".

Director of Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab, Dr Wansink has published widely cited studies on food and consumer behaviour, but his work has