Fabricated Research Data

The management of Rikshospitalet - Radiumhospitalet Health Trust was informed on Wednesday of rumours that one of the hospital's scientists has fabricated data for research purposes. The management immediately started investigating the affair. A well-known expert from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm will head the investigation.
 
- It has been discovered that one of our scientists has fabricated data for use in scientific research. The results, publicized in a well-known international medical journal, are based on false facts. This is very serious. It's also a deep, personal tragedy for the scientist in question, says Stein Vaaler, Strategy Director at Rikshospitalet - Radiumhospitalet Health Trust.

The Hospital immediately established an external investigating committee in order to determine all facts in this case. The committee consists of representatives from the University of Oslo, The Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Cancer Registry of Norway and the Cancer Clinic at the Radium Hospital. Professor Anders Ekbom from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm will head the committee. The Hospital has also asked the Research Council of Norway for assistance.

- We have informed all our national and international partners and associates affected by this case. We have also informed the international Medical Journal who publicized the research results, says Vaaler.

- We're now working to uncover all the facts in order to reveal the extent of the data fraud. This situation is very difficult for an internationally well-known research institute. We deeply apologize to all our associates affected by this case, says Stein Vaaler.

Media contacts:

Strategy Director Stein Vaaler, Tel 0047 23 07 11 85, Mob. 0047 99 15 66 90

Director of Communication Trine Lind, Tel 0047 23 07 09 93, Mob. 0047 91 58 07 62