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GMC lays out charges against headache doctor in research misconduct case

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6141
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A lead investigator in a clinical trial that led to a renowned libel case that helped to change English defamation law now faces allegations of research misconduct in a hearing that opens this month.

Andrew Dowson, a headache specialist who co-led the MIST (Migraine Intervention with STARFlex Technology) trial with a cardiologist, Peter Wilmshurst, is due to appear at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester for an eight week hearing starting on 29 October.

The case is seen as the most important to feature allegations by the General Medical Council regarding research misconduct since that of Andrew Wakefield, …

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