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Researcher accused of breaching research ethics faces GMC

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1185
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A former senior lecturer at the UK Institute of Psychiatry repeatedly breached research ethics guidelines and lied to study sponsors while building an international reputation as a leading researcher, according to charges laid by the General Medical Council.

    The GMC's fitness to practise committee heard that Tonmoy Sharma, who left the Institute of Psychiatry as a clinical senior lecturer in 2001, falsely claimed to have sought and received approval from ethics committees for several studies.

    He is also accused of recruiting patients by telephone without informing their carers; offering financial inducements to research subjects; breaching agreed research protocols; lying in a job application; posing …

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