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Chancellery Minister Helge Braun (CDU) has his dissertation checked by the University of Giessen.
Braun wrote on Twitter: "Today I informed the public that @jlugiessen, at my request, is reviewing the reference to a previous partial publication of the results of myself and other authors relating to my dissertation."
The Justus Liebig University in Giessen is therefore reviewing the doctor's dissertation. According to a report in the "Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung", the university received a notification of a possible violation of the rules from an individual at the end of January. Accordingly, the allegations relate to the relationship between Braun's dissertation and a previously published publication with him as co-author as well as possible overlaps with other writings.
Braun received his doctorate in medicine in 2007 after studying human medicine at the university.
His work deals with the influence of intraoperative tachycardias (palpitations of the heart during an operation) on the postoperative prognosis.
After completing his studies, Braun worked as an assistant doctor at the University Hospital Gießen and Marburg until 2009.
He then moved into the Bundestag as a direct candidate.
Braun told the Gießener Allgemeine Zeitung: "I am convinced of the scientific value of my work and of the medical knowledge gained through it."
The university has already received his opinion.
In view of the ongoing review by a university commission, Braun spoke of an "important work to ensure good scientific practice."
In recent years, German politicians have repeatedly come under suspicion of cheating on their doctoral theses.
A further examination of the doctoral thesis by Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey was recently completed.
Before the FU publishes the result, Giffey should be allowed to comment.