News in brief: May 2013
The dean of Cardiff University’s medical school has been cleared of manipulating research data. In 2012 the university received anonymous allegations of research misconduct in papers of which the dean, Paul Morgan, was a coauthor. A formal investigation panel has now concluded that a former staff member was solely responsible for inappropriately changing four images. The panel found that Morgan was unaware of the changes and pointed out that the discrepancies were not spotted by the other coauthors, peer reviewers, or journal editors before publication.
“In order to ensure the highest academic standards are maintained it is necessary and right that allegations of research misconduct are assessed and investigated thoroughly,” Morgan said, adding, “However, it is a matter of deep regret that the actions of one individual have had such a profound effect on the academic reputations of my colleagues and myself.” (http://bit.ly/10k1hFz)
The BMA has launched an online tool