On Monday, Parkinson’s researcher Caroline Barwood will head to court in Brisbane, Australia, following a probe at her former institution, the University of Queensland (UQ).
Barwood was granted bail in November, 2014 — charges included that she “dishonestly applied for grant funds,” and fabricated research that claimed a breakthrough in treating Parkinson’s disease, according to The Guardian. In March, Bruce Murdoch, a former colleague of Barwood’s at UQ, pleaded guilty to 17 fraud-related charges, and received a two-year suspended sentence after an institutional investigation into 92 academic papers.
We contacted Barwood about the upcoming trial, but she told us she is unable to comment on proceedings at this time, and didn’t provide the contact details for her attorney despite multiple requests.
An official at the court in Brisbane told us the proceedings are due to start at 10am on Monday, but it’s unclear how long the hearing will last, or when exactly a verdict will be reached.
A UQ spokesperson said the institution will send Retraction Watch a statement once the case concludes. Barwood and Murdoch both left the UQ in 2013.
Earlier this year, when a decision was made on Murdoch’s case, The Australian reported that the UQ had returned the first two installments of a $300,000 bursary that the Lions Medical Research Foundation awarded Barwood.
At the time, a UQ spokesperson told us the university had also reimbursed around $175,000 to bodies that funded Murdoch’s work.
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