Man charged with Parkinson's research fraud

A WIVENHOE Pocket man has been charged with 16 fraud-related offences after an extensive Crime and Corruption Commission investigation into bogus Parkinson's disease research at the University of Queensland.

Former researcher Professor Bruce Murdoch, 64, was issued with a notice to appear after it was revealed he allegedly fabricated research findings and fraudulently applied for public and private research funding.

It is also alleged he produced false reports on the progress of the research.

He has been charged with seven counts of fraudulently falsifying records, five of general dishonesty, three of fraud and one of forgery.

Murdoch is due to face Brisbane Magistrates Court on December 19.

He is the second person to be charged over the bogus research scandal that has rocked the highly-regarded university.

Former academic Dr Caroline Barwood, 39, was charged in November with seven fraud-related offences after a Crime and Corruption Commission investigation revealed she had allegedly fabricated research that claimed a breakthrough in treating Parkinson's disease.

The university was forced to retract a research paper Barwood and Murdoch co-wrote in 2011, which was published in the European Journal of Neurology, when it was revealed there was no data or evidence the research on which the study was based was ever conducted.

- APN NEWSDESK.



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