Last week, The Lancet honored a co-author’s request to remove his name from Paolo Macchiarini’s seminal 2011 paper, which described the first transplant of an artificial trachea seeded with autologous stem cells but has since come under fire.
On March 3, the journal posted this notice:
The Lancet has been contacted by Dr KH Grinnemo who was an author on the paper. Dr Grinnemo no longer wishes to be an author and asks for his name to be removed. This correction has been made to the online version as of March 3, 2016.
The paper has been cited 187 times, designating it “highly cited” by Thomson Reuters Web of Science.
As The Scientist reports, Karl-Henrik Grinnemo is one of the four surgeons at Karolinska Hospital who filed a complaint against Macchiarini in 2014 — alleging, for instance, he had downplayed the risks of the procedure and not obtained proper consent.
Although the Karolinska Institutet initially determined Macchiarini had acted in some cases “without due care,” but that his behavior “does not qualify as scientific misconduct,” the case has since been reopened following a series of new allegations raised by a series of documentaries aired by Swedish Television. KI has since not renewed Macchiarini’s contract, and may be dismissed. Meanwhile, KI’s vice-chancellor and the dean of research have resigned, along with the secretary general of the Nobel Assembly.
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Hat tip: Elizabeth Woeckner
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