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Prominent Canadian researcher loses libel case against documentary makers

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4129 (Published 30 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4129
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A formerly renowned researcher in the field of nutrition and immunology has lost his court bid to win damages from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation over a 2006 documentary. The programme alleged that Ranjit Kumar Chandra never conducted published studies into the immune benefits of baby formula and other studies that found a protective effect of multivitamins on cognition and infection in elderly patients.

Ranjit Kumar Chandra published more than 200 articles while working at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and gained international renown in the field of immunology and nutrition, receiving the Order of Canada for his work.

But Chandra’s career began to unravel in 2000 when he …

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