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April 5, 2012

By Ulla Danielsen, journalist, DK-Copenhagen

The Danish Aarhus University (AU) was so pleased with epidemiological autism research produced within its halls at the beginning of the millennium, that the man behind the studies, Dr. Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen, was given an award for his PhD dissertation in 2005.

Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen, who graduated as a medical practitioner in 1996, was awarded a PhD in 2004 for his dissertation, “Vaccinations and autism”.

One of Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen’s most famous conclusions is this statement: “Danish data do not support the hypotheses, that the MMR-vaccine and the mercury-containing vaccines are causing autism.”

Many people the world over, including those who have been touched by the autism epidemic, are familiar with this Danish assertion that was, so to speak, wonderfully  designed  to preventively rebuff the claims of those who dared, and still dare, to question vaccines as a causal agent in autism.


After Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen received his award in 2005, AU reported the event on its university homepage.

“He looked at two hypotheses, which, in recent years, had indicated, that there possibly was a connection between certain types of vaccines and the increasing frequency of autism.

The first hypothesis supposed that the vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella (the MMR-vaccine) could be the cause of the development of autism.

The other hypothesis was that the mercury-containing vaccines could cause autism in the child.  Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen used several different Danish registers to investigate these two hypothesises.

His conclusion was that the Danish data did not support the hypothesises asserting that the MMR-vaccine or the mercury-containing vaccines are causing autism”.


The university magazine, “Campus”, also reported about this award-winning PhD autism researcher.

“Among other things it turned out that the frequency of autism rose after mercury was removed from the medicine in 1992”, Campus wrote.


However, sometimes “time” itself is an agent for the truth.

An e-mail correspondence released through the American Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows that three Danish autism researchers, namely the man in question, Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen, Marlene Briciet Lauritsen and Poul Thorsen – together with the American CDC-employee Diana Schendel all knew, that autism was still decreasing in Denmark in 2001 following the removal of mercury (Thimerosal) from Danish childhood vaccines in 1992.

However, in 2003 the Danish researchers published a paper with quite the opposite message in the journal “Pediatrics.”

The researchers vanquished the problem with the inconvenient Danish 2001-numbers by simply ignoring them in the final version of the published article. That paper did not include any of the 2001-data.


In a letter to Head of Section Dr. Béatrice Sloth, at the Secretariat for the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty, the president of Coalition For Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD Inc.), Reverend Lisa K. Sykes, wrote::

“The most egregious example of misconduct was carried out in the data analysis leading to the Madsen et al. (2003) publication. In a Nov. 13, 2002 email correspondence obtained from the CDC via the Freedom of Information Act, Dr. Marlene Lauritsen, co-author of the publication, stated that the autism rates between 1999 and 2001 were actually decreasing”

The American letter to the Danish authority on scientific fraud continued with: “Regarding the autism rates, Dr. Lauritsen stated, ‘But the incidence and prevalence rates are still decreasing in 2001”. Sykes also noted, “These data did not support the assertion of the paper that Thimerosal exposure was not causally related to autism. However the final version of the published article did not include any of the 2001 data”.

The paper in question is “Thimerosal and the occurrence of autism: negative ecological evidence from Danish population-based data” that appeared in the journal Pediatrics in 2003.

The complaint from CoMeD Inc. to the Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty was sent from the US to Denmark on September 27, 2011. It is available on the Internet web site of CoMeD Inc.,


Seven years have passed since Aarhus University gave a PhD award to Danish epidemiological autism researcher, Dr. Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen.

However regrettable facts revealed by time itself now morally obligates the current leadership at Aarhus University to ensure that Meldgaards findings are truly supported by the Danish health data on its developing children.

Given the graveness of the tragic epidemic, the Rector at AU, Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, his deputy Søren E. Frandsen, and the University Director Jørgen Jørgensen should feel morally and ethically bound to assist those international researchers, who still want access to the complete Danish data sets, to get personal-information-redacted access to the complete data.


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