Leading pancreatic cancer researcher struck off for fabricating data

Reported last week by thebmj was a disciplinary outcome for a medical practitioner, related to research conduct. A newspaper reported that the practitioner did not attend the hearing and was believed to have left the United Kingdom.

A leading researcher into innovative treatments for pancreatic cancer has been struck off the UK medical register for “gross and clear fabrication of research data.”

Thorsten Hagemann, who worked at Bart’s Cancer Institute in London, was found guilty of 24 instances of misleading and dishonest conduct between 2012 and 2014.

He was found to have falsified data in grant applications to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research UK, in a paper published in Nature,1 in another paper which was submitted to Nature Medicine but rejected, and in a presentation to Cancer Research Technology.

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