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Academic upset by hijacked paper: court

AAP logoAAP 18/10/2016 Darren Cartwright

A former University of Queensland academic has told a Brisbane court she was "shocked, upset and angry" when she saw her work published without her consent and under another researcher's name.

Former UQ researcher Caroline Barwood is facing seven fraud-related charges including using the works of Justine Dique for her own benefit.

Ms Dique, who has a PhD in speech pathology, told the District Court she gave Barwood papers of her work on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in the hope her findings could be broadened.

Ms Dique completed her work several years ago and said her papers weren't published because she didn't have enough subject matter.

Prosecutor Caroline Marco told the jury Ms Dique's work was published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing, and she was listed as the third author behind Barwood and former UQ professor Bruce Murdoch.

"I was was shocked, upset and angry that they had been published without my consent and annoyed they were published in a low impact factor journal," Ms Dique said on Thursday.

"Firstly ... I was the lead researcher, my name should have been first."

Asked by Ms Marco if Barwood's name should have appeared on the paper, Ms Dique replied: "No. She wasn't involved in the studies at all."

Barwood, who has pleaded not guilty to all charges, is accused of using a false research paper on Parkinson's disease to apply for about $700,000 in funding via early fellowships and travel grants, as well as copying another academic's papers.

National Health and Medical Research Council director Sarah Byrne told the court Barwood made two applications for early career fellowships, each carrying $300,000 in funding.

The UQ researcher's first application in 2012 "was well regarded ... but did not score well enough" and a second application in 2013 was withdrawn, the court heard.

The court heard she successfully applied in May 2013 for a $2250 travel grant from the Ian Potter Foundation to attend a medical congress in April 2014.

However, she withdrew her application in November 2013 citing "her circumstances had changed" and she had left the university.

Barwood's indiscretions are alleged to have occurred between September 2011 and May 2013.

She is accused of three counts of fraud and four counts of attempted fraud.

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