Dean axed for ethics slip

Administrators at Sweden's premier medical university, the Karolinska Institute, announced today (March 2nd) that they've fired the institution's dean of research for exerting "undue influence" over the allocation of funds to top Karolinska professors.Image: Camilla Svensk Clinical pathologist linkurl:Karl Tryggvason;http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=17271&l=en reportedly tried to influence the decisions of an independent panel regarding which researchers at the Karolinska Institute should rec

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Mar 1, 2010
Administrators at Sweden's premier medical university, the Karolinska Institute, announced today (March 2nd) that they've fired the institution's dean of research for exerting "undue influence" over the allocation of funds to top Karolinska professors.
Image: Camilla Svensk
Clinical pathologist linkurl:Karl Tryggvason;http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=17271&l=en reportedly tried to influence the decisions of an independent panel regarding which researchers at the Karolinska Institute should receive extra funding from the university at the end of last year. Karolinska Institute President linkurl:Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson;http://ki.se/ki/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=391&l=en decided to investigate Tryggvason, who has been at the university since 1995, after receiving letters questioning the selection process from researchers vying for the funds. The investigation determined that Tryggvason broke the institute's ethics rules by sending a note from his private email address suggesting professors he felt deserved funding to the head of the independent selection committee tasked with awarding the money. "It is unacceptable for a senior member of our university to...



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