The rector of a prominent Austrian medical university has been fired in the midst of a linkurl:scientific misconduct investigation; that has plagued the institution for months. The Medical University of Innsbruck's seven-person council unceremoniously dumped linkurl:Clemens Sorg,; an immunologist and the rector of the university, from his position on August 21, according to a linkurl:report; in __Nature__. Last November, Sorg raised the alarm on university urologists who were testing a linkurl:stem cell therapy; that used patients' own cells to treat urinary incontinence. Earlier this month, those researchers - who included linkurl:Hannes Strasser,; the study's lead author - were accused, in a report from Austria's Agency for Health and Food Safety, of failing to randomize study participants adequately, designing the trial poorly, proceeding with the study despite a lack of appropriate ethical clearance, and inadequately informing study participants of the nature of the experiment. The study was published last year in...

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