University of Queensland forced to retract major medical study
The 2011 study, published online in October 2011 in the European Journal of Neurology, was titled Treatment of articulatory dysfunction in Parkinson's disease using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation.
However, the university has said it may not have ever taken place.
In a statement the university's vice chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the university has called in Queensland's Crime and Misconduct Commission to investigate any wrongdoing.
UQ has also had to return a grant of $20,000 to a non-government organisation "due to our concerns it had been allocated on the basis of information from the discredited paper".
"By having the paper retracted, the university enables the global scientific community to learn that the research reported in the paper has no place in the body of scientific knowledge, and so cannot be used as a basis for further research.
"No primary data can be