IntroductionA workshop in London, co-organised by Egenis, examined the issue of fraud in biomedical research.
The joint workshop, organised by Egenis and University College London (UCL), is part of a cooperation between Dr Christine Hauskeller and Dr Helga Satzinger that concentrates on the historic, epistemic and social elements related to fraud in the biomedical research world. The workshops bring together invited experts including working scientists, historians, publishers, representatives from funding institutions and members of the legal and medical professions, as well as contributors from the organisers' disciplines of social science and philosophy. They will discuss the problems of fraud and scientific misconduct in both their present and historical forms. The core interest is to understand the methodological and multiple societal conditions that condition biomedical research, captured for example in the tension between pressure to achieve fast results and the long time it can take for an experiment to be stabilised and recognised as reliable or acceptable in a particular scientific paradigm.
Last week's workshop, Mechanisms of Fraud in Biomedical Research II, concentrated on the discovery and management of fraud with talks by Albin Eser (Max Planck Institute for Law, Freiburg), Frances Rawle (Medical Research Council, UK), Ben Martin (SPRU, University of Sussex), Nick Hopwood (University of Cambridge) and David Cyranoski, the Asia-Pacific correspondent for Nature magazine.