Information regarding case of suspected scientific misconduct
Press conference. The external inquiry into Karolinska Institutet’s handling of the Macchiarini case is to be presented to the media on 5 September. The external investigators Sten Heckscher, Ingrid Carlberg and Carl Gahmberg appointed to conduct the inquiry will be presenting their final report.
Timeline. Misrecruitment, scientific fraud and failing implants that should never have been implanted in patients – serious allegations have been levelled for a long time against Paolo Macchiarini and KI’s conduct in connection with his activities.
Overview. Following the relevations concerning the researcher and surgeon Paolo Macchiarini's actions, a number of investigations and other measures have been initiated at Karolinska Institutet, as well as at the Karolinska University Hospital and other public authorities.
4 May 2016. Wednesday 4 May, the former KI researcher and surgeon Paolo Macchiarini is interviewed in The Swedish Medical Association news magazine Läkartidningen and Swedish Television. In the interview in Läkartidningen, Paolo Macchiarini expresses that KI's decision to discharge him was ill-founded and further claims that KI's actions were media-driven. KI does not share this view.
4 April 2016. The government has now received proposals for the members of the KI University Board (konsistoriet) whom it is to appoint. The proposals were submitted by the nomination committee, comprising County Governor Christ Heister, former University Chancellor Lars Haikola and a student representative.
23 April 2016. The Staff Disciplinary Board at KI has today decided to relieve Paolo Macchiarini of his duties as a researcher at KI. He is to be informed immediately that his contract has been rescinded.
5 March 2016. Recent events have accentuated that there is a need to clarify and revitalise work with research ethics at KI.
3 March 2016. The government has announced its decision today, 3 March, to task a nomination committee with submitting proposals for new members of the Karolinska Institutet University Board.
28 February 2016. On Monday 22 February, KI's Professors' Colegium met to discuss how the Collegium can contribute to restoring trust in KI. Interview with Professor Nancy Pedersen, one of the arrangers of this meeting.
23 February 2016. Professor Jan Carlstedt-Duke resigned as advisor to the vice-chancellor last Monday in order to take up other duties at the university.
23 February 2016. Dean Hans-Gustaf Ljunggren has requested to step down from his position as Dean of Research. Acting Vice-Chancellor Karin Dahlman-Wright comments on his decision.
On 18 February, the government decided to appoint Karin Dahlman-Wright as Acting Vice-Chancellor at Karolinska Institutet. Karin Dahlman-Wright was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor on 1 January 2016 and has been Professor of Molecular Endocrinology since 2009.
At a meeting on 17 February, the KI University Board decided to issue a request to the government regarding the promotion of Karin Dahlman-Wright as the stand-in vice-chancellor for Karolinska Institutet following the resignation of Anders Hamsten. The University Board also decided to start the recruitment process for a new ordinary vice-chancellor.
Investigation into scientific misconduct re-opens. Professor Anders Hamsten steps down from his assignment as Vice-Chancellor of Karolinska Institutet. He declares his resignation in a debate article in the daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter. At the same time Karolinska Instutet’s investigation into scientific misconduct by Paolo Macchiarini will be re-opened.
Karolinska Institutet faces storm of criticism following documentary series on Paolo Macchiarini
KI researcher and surgeon Paolo Macchiarini’s exoneration from scientific misconduct charges, and the SVT documentary series, “Experimenten” (”The Experiments”), have together unleashed a storm of criticism against Karolinska Institutet. At an extraordinary meeting held on 4 February, Karolinska Institutet’s highest decision-making body, the University Board (Konsistoriet), decided to launch an external investigation of the Macchiarini case.
4 February 2016. The external inquiry will look into events that have taken place at Karolinska Institutet from the time surgeon Paolo Macchiarini was recruited as visiting professor in 2010 to the present.
9 February 2016. The external investigator is former president and justice of the Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden, Sten Heckscher, who will be assisted by author Ingrid Carlberg and professor of biochemistry at Helsinki University, Carl Gahmberg.
4 February 2016. The University Board also announced on 4 February that it retains full confidence in Vice-Chancellor Anders Hamsten, and that he should remain in office for the duration of the investigation.
4 February 2016. Paolo Macchiarini’s temporary contract with Karolinska Institutet, which expires on 30 November 2016, will not be extended. In the interim, his research at Karolinska Institutet will be phased out and his research group dismantled. The announcement was made on 4 February following a decision by Vice-Chancellor Anders Hamsten.
Report: Paolo Macchiarini supplied false details in the CV he submitted ahead of his recruitment as visiting professor at KI. This is the conclusion drawn by Karolinska Institutet after looking into claims made in an article published by the US magazine Vanity Fair that Macchiarini had been untruthful in his CV.
8 January 2016. When the Vanity Fair article was published on 5 January, Karolinska Institutet responded that it would investigate the claims “expeditiously”.
28 January 2016. In its documentary series “Experimenten”, Swedish Television (SVT) investigated Karolinska Institutet Visiting Professor Paolo Macchiarini. In commenting on the documentaries, Vice-Chancellor Anders Hamsten stated that details had emerged that were unknown to Karolinska Institutet’s management.
Clarification of responsibilities in connection with transplantations of synthetic trachea in Sweden and Russia
29 January 2016. Following the SVT documentary series, Karolinska Institutet published a statement clarifying the respective responsibilities of the university and the university hospital regarding the activities of the investigated researcher, Paolo Macchiarini.
28 August 2015. On 28 August 2015, Karolinska Institutet acquitted visiting professor and surgeon Paolo Macchiarini from suspicions of scientific misconduct. The complaints against Paolo Macchiarini had been lodged in June, August and September 2014 by four doctors employed at Karolinska University Hospital. Karolinska Institutet arrived at a different conclusion, and stated that he is merely guilty of carelessness.
28 August 2015. Following the decision to acquit Paolo Macchiarini from accusations of scientific misconduct, Vice-Chancellor Anders Hamsten stated that the main issues raised and criticised by both the complainants and Bengt Gerdin, upon which the suspicions of scientific misconduct were based, have been satisfactorily refuted by Paolo Macchiarini and his co-authors.
28 August 2015. While the investigation into the allegations of scientific misconduct is underway, Karolinska Institutet announced that more inquiries are being conducted in response to other complaints against Paolo Macchiarini’s tracheal operations.
26 June 2015. On 26 June 2015, Karolinska Institutet announced that it had received 31 statements of opinion, making up some 1,000 pages of text, that along with the statement issued by external investigator Bengt Gerdin, will form part of the documentation to be examined in the case of alleged scientific misconduct concerning Paolo Macchiarini.
Comments on the Swedish Research Council’s decision to withdraw its grant to researcher suspected of misconduct
22 June 2015. While Karolinska Institutet’s investigation into the complaints of scientific misconduct has yet to be concluded, the Swedish Research Council announced that it is stopping its grants to ACTREM, a research centre for regenerative medicine at Karolinska Institutet. Karolinska Institutet commented on its decision.
14 April 2015. In April, the vice-chancellor of Karolinska Institutet announced his decision on another case concerning allegations of scientific misconduct against Paolo Macchiarini. The vice-chancellor acquitted Paolo Macchiarini of the charges against him.
What happens next?
5 September 2016: Lawyer Sten Heckscher is to present the external inquiry into Karolinska Institutet’s handling of the Macchiarini case.
28 August 2015. Desicion 1 regarding suspected scientific misconduct
28 August 2015. Decision 2 regarding suspected scientific misconduct
28 January 2016. Examination of CV information