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Dutch research community is shocked by cases of scientific misconduct

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7690
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

Disciplinary action against a third professor in as many weeks has sparked soul searching among the Dutch medical research community.

Rotterdam’s Erasmus Medical Center recently dismissed Don Poldermans, a prominent professor of perioperative cardiovascular care, for “serious violations of scientific integrity” in his research.

His dismissal came weeks after the publication of a report by the Universities of Tilburg, Amsterdam and Groningen which found Diederik Stapel, professor of cognitive social psychology, guilty of ”unprecedented” fraud.(BMJ 2011;343: d7201, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7201)

Now Radboud University Nijmegen has “reprimanded for unprofessional conduct” its professor of social psychology Roos Vonk. Though not guilty of fraud, the design of a study in which she collaborated with …

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