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.