By J.B. Handley
Who is Joyce Chung, MD?
According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, she’s the new “Autism Coordinator” and the Executive Secretary of the IACC. Let’s take a quick step back: when you read the acronym “IACC”, if you are anything like me, you wonder, “what the hell is that?”
So, from the website of the National Institutes of Mental Health, the IACC is the:
“Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee…the Combating Autism Act of 2006… mandated the reestablishment of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to coordinate autism spectrum disorder (ASD) research and other efforts within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)…The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the NIH has been designated the lead for this activity. Although the Committee's mission continues to focus on the efficient and effective exchange of information on autism activities, the new law expanded the responsibilities of the IACC…The new IACC is authorized to coordinate research efforts concerning ASD, to provide annual updates on research advances, to make recommendations to the Secretary of DHHS regarding public participation in decisions related to ASD, and to develop a strategic plan for ASD research.”
In an ARTICLE I wrote last week about Roy Grinker, an autism epidemic-denier funded by Autism Speaks, I included THIS set of emails between Roy Grinker and the CDC which were obtained through a FOIA filing.
One email from Grinker in particular caught the eye of several of our readers where Grinker writes the following to a CDC employee:
“p.s. Did I tell you that ___________ just started working at NIMH as the Autism coordinator (Director’s office) and exec. secretary of IACC?”
Now, the “blank” in the above email where a name should be, was redacted by the CDC, apparently because, according to the CDC’s cover letter, “the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”
The blank is Grinker’s wife, Joyce Chung.
Is it private for us to know that Joyce Chung, now the Autism Coordinator at NIMH, is married to Roy Grinker?
Should it matter who Joyce Chung is married to, even if her husband wrote a book stating unequivocally that there is no autism epidemic?
Does Joyce Chung agree with her husband? Did they ask her this question before she took the job?
I hope when the IACC meets tomorrow, someone asks her.
J.B. Handley is Editor At Large for Age of Autism and co-founder of Generation Rescue.