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Case Summary: Kreipke, Christian

Christian Kreipke, Ph.D., Wayne State University: Notice is hereby given that on July 13, 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Debarring Official, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, issued a final notice of debarment based on an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ’s) findings of research misconduct against Christian Kreipke, Ph.D., former Research Associate Professor, Wayne State University (WSU). Dr. Kreipke engaged in research misconduct in research supported by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), grants R01 NS039860 and R01 NS064976-01A2.

ORI issued a charge letter, and Dr. Kreipke (Respondent) subsequently requested a hearing before an ALJ of the Departmental Appeals Board to dispute the findings. After a hearing before the ALJ, he issued his recommended decision, finding that Respondent recklessly caused or permitted twenty-three (23) instances of research misconduct in his three (3) grant applications, two (2) articles on which he was the first listed author, and two (2) posters on which he was the first listed author. The ALJ held that appropriate administrative actions included a five-year debarment from any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the United States and from eligibility for or involvement in nonprocurement programs of the United States referred to as “covered transactions.” 2 C.F.R. parts 180 and 376. The ALJ held it was an appropriate administrative action to also impose a five-year prohibition from serving in any capacity to the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), including but not limited to, service on any PHS advisory committee, board, or peer review committee, or as a consultant. The ALJ noted that retraction of the articles already had occurred by the time of his recommended decision.

Under the regulation, the ALJ’s recommended decision went to the Assistant Secretary for Health, who did not modify it and forwarded it to the HHS Debarring Official, who is the deciding official for the debarment. The ALJ decision constituted the findings of fact to the HHS Debarring Official in accordance with 2 C.F.R. § 180.845(c). On July 13, 2018, the HHS Debarring Official issued a final notice of debarment to begin on July 13, 2018, and end on

July 12, 2023.

Thus, the research misconduct findings became effective, and the following administrative actions have been implemented for a period of five (5) years, beginning on July 13, 2018:

  1. Dr. Kreipke is debarred from any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the United States Government and from eligibility or involvement in nonprocurement programs of the United States Government referred to as “covered transactions” pursuant to HHS’ Implementation (2 C.F.R. Part 376) of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (2 C.F.R. Part 180); and
  1. Dr. Kreipke is prohibited from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS including, but not limited to, service on any PHS advisory committee, board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant.

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