Danish university investigates disappearance of a “considerable” amount of grant money

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1669
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    Danish police are investigating possible fraud involving grants from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to fund research in Denmark, the Eastern Jutland Police Department in Denmark has said.

    Børge Fransen, a deputy police inspector, told the BMJ that the alleged fraud occurred at Aarhus University in Denmark and involved CDC funds. He said police are conducting an extensive investigation, including interviewing researchers and staff at Aarhus and another university and Danish research funding officials in Copenhagen.

    Mr Fransen said that the police had “at least” one suspect in the case, adding, “We are not yet sure if there are more.” He declined to name the current suspect.

    Aarhus University had previously issued a statement saying that Poul Thorsen, a former faculty member of Aarhus University, who was also affiliated to two US universities, had been director of a research programme that included vaccine research and that has been funded since …

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