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Karolinska research dean calls his dismissal an over-reaction

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 09 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1389
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    The professor of medical chemistry at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, who has been accused of ethical misconduct and dismissed as dean of research, has called the dismissal an “unnecessary over-reaction.”

    In a statement for the BMJ Karl Tryggvason, who is also a deputy trustee of the Nobel Foundation and a member of the Nobel Assembly, the body at the institute that awards the Nobel prize for physiology or medicine, verified as correct the facts of the case as listed in a press release issued by Sweden’s top medical school.

    However, referring to the institute’s president, Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson, he said, “I do not consider my conduct unethical to such an extent that it should have led to the president’s forceful reaction. I do feel that there was an unnecessary over-reaction.”

    The Karolinska Institute alleged in its press release that Professor Tryggvason had exercised “undue …

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