Researcher convicted of fraud over Parkinson’s trial

A University of Queensland medical researcher who faked a clinical trial into Parkinson's disease has been convicted of fraud and given a two-year suspended prison sentence.

Dr Bruce Murdoch PhD, a neuroscientist and former director of the university's Centre for Neurogenic Communication Disorders Research, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to charges of fraud relating to a clinical trial of transcranial magnetic stimulation for speech impairment in people with Parkinson's disease.

The magistrate said Dr Murdoch had been given a $20,000 research grant, but there was no evidence that the trial ever took place, in her summing up last Thursday.

She added that he made things worse by fabricating patient consent forms.

"Your false research was such as to give false hope to Parkinson's researchers and Parkinson's sufferers," the judge said.

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