(MENAFN) According to a report by Die Welt on Sunday, German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach allegedly falsely claimed to have led a government-funded breast cancer research project in 1995 when he applied for a professorship at the University of Tubingen.
The study, as described by Lauterbach, reportedly never existed. Lauterbach, who was 32 years old at the time, had recently received a Doctor of Science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and had applied for the professorship in Tubingen, stating that he was the head of a research project into breast cancer diagnostics and therapy at an oncology department in Aachen.
He had also reportedly claimed that the project had received two million Deutschmarks (around USD1.38 million at the time) from the German government, and that he would transfer a portion of the funding to the cash-strapped university if he were hired. However, both the government and the Aachen oncology center told Die Welt that the project, as described by Lauterbach, never existed. The paper did note that a similar cancer study did take place at Aachen, but Lauterbach was not listed as an author.
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