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Erasmus medical centre sacks professor for 'scientific misconduct'

Thursday 17 November 2011

Erasmus University in Rotterdam has sacked a professor in cardio-vascular medicine for damaging the institution’s academic integrity and for ‘scientific misconduct’, the NRC reports on Thursday.

The professor is accused of faking academic data and compromising patient trust, the paper says. In particular, he failed to obtain patient consent for carrying out research and recorded results ‘which cannot be resolved to patient information,’ the university said.

Don Poldermans has spent years researching the risk of complications during cardio-vascular surgery and has some 500 publications to his name.

A spokesman for Poldermans told the paper he admitted not keeping to research protocols but denied faking data.

Last month, Tilburg and Groningen universities said they planned to take legal action against behavioural science professor Diederik Stapel after an investigation showed he had faked research data in at least 30 scientific papers.

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Readers' comments (6)

When you see the insane obsession - led by the government and perpetuated within the countries universities to publish endless papers in high impact factor journals you can fully understand why so many Dutch academics cut corners! It isn't helped by the almost complete lack of research governance or institutional oversight for scientific projects. Sadly, the rewards for quick and dirty results far outweigh the risk of being caught out for those tempted to climb the greasy pole of academe the easy way!

By Steve | November 17, 2011 4:46 PM

It has been my personal experience that plagiarism or using fake data is not uncommon in the Netherlands. I had an unfortunate experience that someone had taken an article I wrote in English and translated it word for word into Dutch, including my proposed model, who then turned around distribute the article to me and others with their names on it! This kind of incidence did not happen just once or just with these individuals!

By Anonymous | November 17, 2011 7:58 PM

Plagiarism is becoming an easy way for many students to obtain their degrees. The merits of earning a university degree and doing research have gone off course for some only to achieve personal fame and recognition.

By Henk | November 18, 2011 4:14 AM

This is inevitable...science as a discipline had forgot its own past of fighting dogmas & bigotries & itself had become caged within few set norms & pillars. These days you are as big a scientist as your h-index. This race for index oriented achievements & getting hounded by unscrupulous pressure of "either publish or perish" is the root of all the problems. Plagiarism, fake data, manipulation & molestation of truth...these all are just exhibition of the same malady that exists globally...& Netherlands is no exception to that.

By Sourav Bhattacharjee | November 18, 2011 6:31 AM

more and more international reputation damage? how is it that it keeps happening here lately so much? it seems that everybody and everything in this country must be checked and regulated. too bad some of these folks didn't have enough personal integrity to understand the larger implications of their actions, for their own country!
same for some of the EU politicians that we had to force to leave office recently. no wonder there is so much fraud and dishonesty! I wonder if anyone thought that through before these people were voted into power?

By Bill | November 18, 2011 7:01 AM

Dr. Don Poldermans is a man of the highest scientific integrity. I hope a more thorough investigation will reverse this terrible decision. In the worst case, this issue should not disparage his great reputation or the incredible medical knowledge he has disseminated. Anesthesia is safer due to his personal efforts over the course of his illustrious career.

By Anonymous | November 18, 2011 7:26 PM

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