Karolinska Institutet dismisses Macchiarini

[PRESS RELEASE 23 MARCH 2016] The Staff Disciplinary Board at Karolinska Institutet 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 He is to be informed immediately that his contract has been rescinded.

Paolo Macchiarini has engaged in conduct and research that is incompatible with a position of employment at KI. His dismissal is based on numerous reasons, including:

PM’s activities at Kuban State Medical University in Krasnodar are in breach of KI’s fundamental values and have damaged KI’s reputation.  

PM failed to truthfully and fully report his extra-occupational activities.

PM supplied false or misleading information in the CV he submitted to KI.

Paolo Macchiarini demonstrated scientific negligence, according to KI’s investigation in 2015.

“It’s impossible for KI to have any kind of collaboration with Paolo Macchiarini any longer,” says HR manager Mats Engelbrektson. “He has acted in a way that has had very tragic consequences for the people affected and their families. His conduct has seriously damaged confidence in KI and for research in general.“

KI has no further comment.

Press contact:
Claes Keisu, Press Officer
Email: claes.keisu@ki.se
Tel: + 46 76 215 29 62

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