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Headache doctor found guilty of dishonesty in research misconduct case

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h709 (Published 06 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h709
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A headache specialist who jointly led a clinical trial that sparked a celebrated libel action was dishonest in signing a “materially false” statement in a clinical trial agreement and in not telling a research ethics committee that he had breached the research protocol of a previous trial, a UK regulatory panel has held.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel found two charges of dishonesty proved against Andrew Dowson, who was joint principal investigator with the cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst on the Migraine Intervention with STARFlex Technology (MIST) trial. The case is seen as the most important to feature allegations of research misconduct by the General Medical Council since that of Andrew Wakefield, whose work resulted in an international scare over the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.1

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