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Doctors try to get speakers to boycott international conference chaired by plagiarist

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 01 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3545
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

    A group of doctors from the United Kingdom is trying to get speakers at a forthcoming international medical conference in Croatia to boycott it on the grounds that it is being chaired by a proven plagiarist.

    The group is unhappy that the fifth annual meeting of the International Academy of Perinatal Medicine—to be held in Dubrovnik in October―is being chaired by Asim Kurjak of Zagreb University Medical School.

    The British doctors are writing to all the non-Croatian speakers taking part, who number 44 in all, alerting them to Professor Kurjak’s history of plagiarism.

    Professor Kurjak was found guilty of scientific misconduct by the Croatian government’s Committee for Ethics in Science and Higher …

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