Prominent medical journal The Lancet retracts Ranjit Chandra's 1992 research paper

The editors of The Lancet, one of the world's most prominent medical journals, have retracted a paper written in 1992 by disgraced former Memorial University researcher Ranjit Chandra.

The London, U.K.-based journal the latest to question former MUN professor's research

A paper published in The Lancet in 1992 written by Ranjit Chandra has been retracted, following the results of an investigation conducted by Memorial University, and docments revealed at Chandra's public libel trial. (CBC TV)

The editors of The Lancet, one of the world's most prominent medical journals, have retracted a paper written in 1992 by disgraced former Memorial University researcher Ranjit Chandra.

Chandra has been accused of scientific fraud and was the subject of a three-part documentary series on CBC Television's The National titled The Secret Life of Dr. Chandra.

The documentary reported that research published by Chandra in leading medical journals was fraudulent.

The paper published by The Lancet in 1992 was one of the first papers by Chandra that had its authenticity brought into question.

Last July, Chandra lost a defamation lawsuit against the CBC and was later ordered to pay the broadcaster $1.6 million to cover its legal fees.

Editors from the Lancet said in a release that they reopened their investigations into his paper following the public release of information during last year's trial.

Following the trial, The Lancet asked the dean of medicine at Memorial University to conduct a formal investigation into the research by Chandra leading up to the article's 1992 publication.

After reviewing the results of a report conducted by Dr. William Pryse-Phillips for Memorial University that had been embargoed during the trial, and other supplemental materials, The Lancet said the reliability of the paper can no longer be assured.

While Chandra told The Lancet that he disputes these concerns and does not agree that the paper from 1992 needs to be retracted, the editors at the journal said they had no choice.

The Lancet joins an increasing number of publications and organizations who are turning their back on Chandra's published research.

Last year, Chandra was stripped of his Order of Canada and saw The BMJ — British Medical Journal — withdraw a paper he had written in 1989 on the immunization benefits of baby formula.