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Follow-up study on scientific integrity

Following the reports in 2011 on the violation of academic integrity in a number of studies conducted by Erasmus MC, further studies were carried out in 2012. The results of the follow-up study confirm the findings of the study carried out in 2011.

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In November 2011, the Scientific Integrity committee reported the violation of academic integrity in a number of studies conducted by Erasmus MC.

Shortcomings
The violations included serious shortcomings in the procedure used to record consent obtained from patients to participate in studies, the submission of publications based on unreliable data and scientifically inaccurate data collection. These violations of academic integrity did not pose any health risks to patients. The employment contract with the  head researcher was terminated.

Similar findings
On the recommendation of the committee, Erasmus MC had further studies conducted by a new committee on a number of studies, or parts of studies, of the same research group.  The follow-up studies revealed similar findings. The committee is convinced that violation of academic integrity occurred due to the lack of source documents, inaccurate data collection and the use of fictitious data.

The full report of the 2012 investigations can be found at www.erasmusmc.nl.

Date published: 9 October 2012.

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