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Australian neuroscientist given two year suspended sentence for falsifying Parkinson's research

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2013 (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2013
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

An Australian neuroscientist has received a two year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to falsifying research that purported to show that transcranial magnetic stimulation could improve speech difficulties in people with Parkinson’s disease.

“Your research [gave] false hope to Parkinson’s researchers and Parkinson’s sufferers,” magistrate Tina Privitera told the former University of Queensland researcher Bruce Murdoch in court. “You knew the research was false.”

His co-author, former University of Queensland speech pathologist, Caroline Barwood, was also charged and is awaiting trial on six counts of fraud.

Murdoch pleaded guilty …

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