Health Freedom Alliance
March 22, 2010
The lead author of a key study used by EU and USA health bodies as evidence mercury in vaccines does not cause autism has vanished after it emerged that he fraudulently claimed 10 million crowns in funds from his university in Denmark.
According to a statement by the CDC, the researcher is Dr Poul Thorsen, who was also employed by Emory University, Atlanta, without the knowlege of his university, according to the Danish media.
Police, who were called in to investigate by the university after they found a 10-million crown hole in their budget, believe the researcher is in the USA, living and working in Atlanta.
The scientist has worked on a multi-phase research project on the cause of autism that has been received about 80 million crowns in funding from the CDC, headquartered in Atlanta, since 2002. Poul Thorsen along with Keersten Madsen Meldgaard was the author of a study published in 2002 that used data from Danish children to show that there was no link between mercury in vaccines and autism.
The data in the study called Population-Based Study of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccination and Autism and published in the New England Journal of Medicine appears to show that autism rates went up after mercury was removed from vaccines, and was used in many subsequent studies justifying the use of mercury.
However, the study has come under criticism for evidence that data has been manipulated to bolster the pro vaccine cause.
The close links and email communication between Kristeen Madsen and CDC researcher Dr. Diane Simpson have come be fiercely criticised for appearing to show that Madsen and Simpson looked for data to suit their theory.
The revelation that a key author of key pro thiomersal study has apparently vanished over a case fraud involving the CDC funds is sure to reignite the dispute about the validity of these studies and the dangers of thiomersal.
The CDC, an agency belonging to the US Department of Health and Human Services, has been accused of hiding the relationship between threefold growth of vaccinations for US children in the 1990s and the epidemic of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders that began at exactly the same time.
Key pro-vaccine studies in The Journal of the American Medical Association, The American Journal of Preventative Medicine and the American Medical Association appearing to show no link between autism and mercury have also been based on the Danish data.
Also, the Danish data was used by a team from the Centers for Disease Control working with colleagues at the University of Aarhaus to link autism to difficult birth and a family history of mental illness in a study from 2005.
The validity of all these studies will also now be called into question.
The fraud involving 10 million crowns raises the issue of whether money flowing to the Danish researcher from the CDC was a reward for manipulating study results.
Swine flu vaccines with thiomersal were administered to millions of people, including babies and children, this autumn as part of the CDC and WHO pandemic management plans in spite of a lack of clinical data.
Two reports from the Danish media translated by Ulla Danielson:
SWINDLE FOR MILLIONS AT AARHUS UNIVERSITY
By Maja Nielsen and Morten Ravn, Aarhus stiftstidende, Wednesday February 10, 2010
A big research project has resulted in a deficit of 10 million crowns in the budget of Aarhus university.
Police are investigating the case as fraud while the university has cut ist links to the chief-investigator from Aarhus, writes Danish Daily Aarhus Stiftstidende.
The Aarhus-based scientist left his job at the medical health faculty in March last year. After a short period, the university began to suspect something was radically wrong. The suspicion increased.
Accordingly the university in collaboration with Board of Science and Innovation reported the case to the police of Eastern Jylland.
Among other things the now disputed research project maps out the cause of autism. Since 2002, the project has received more than 80 millions crowns from the American board of health,the CDC.
The University of Aarhus is in the process of issuing a declaration to a lot of institutions about the tangled case.
In this communication the director of the university, Joergen Joergensen, underlines that the aarhus-scientist no longer is connected with the university.
Researcher employed in more than one place
“At the same time it has become clear that the resigned leader of the research project has been employed doubly.
Without the university’s knowledge, he has been a payed employee at the University of Emory in the USA while he was still employed in aarhus.
“Of course that is not acceptable,” says head of press for the rector at the university, Anders Corell, to Aarhus Stiftstidende.
He does not want to say anything about the amount of money the University is missing. Neither will Anders Corell comment on the information provided to the newspaper talking about a fraud involving 10 million crowns.
Police inspector Boerge Frandsen from Eastern Jylland’s police confirms, that there is a report. The police has started to investigate the case.
”Yes, it is about fraud”, the police inspector says to Aarhus Stiftstidende.
He is not able to confirm or deny size of the amount of money or the consequences.
But so far the disputed chief investigator has not been charged.
On the move in the USA
The newspaper has learnd that the investigations are hampered because it has been very difficult to find the key figure in the case.
Aarhus Stiftstidende has also unsuccessfully tried to get a comment from the aarhus-based scientist, who has his private address in hoejbjerg (outside Aarhus).
After he left the medical health faculty in Aarhus he participated, among other things, at a conference in italy.
On that event his papers errorneously said that he was employed by the University of Aarhus.
Aarhus Stiftstidende has spoken to several sources, who say that the scientist, who has a PhD, is at the moment is on the move in USA. They describe him as a Stein Bagger type (a Danish financial fraud) who is eminently clever at raising money from funds.
“He can open the doors to the great money tanks. But all projects all the time had to grow bigger and bigger. He succeeded in raising a huge amount of dollars. Rules however was something that existed for the sake of others – not for him,” it has been said, sounding characteristic.