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Poul Thorsen's Mutating Resume

Poul Thorsen By Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill
In bits and pieces, in Danish and English, from three universities in two hemispheres and the CDC in Atlanta, a picture has begun forming in the past few days that is already startling in its outline: Paul Thorsen, one of the key scientists involved in CDC-backed studies exonerating vaccines as a cause of autism, is under investigation for collecting millions of dollars in bogus “grant” money, misrepresenting himself to his employers and the world and possibly forging the documents that enabled the scam.
Even more astonishing, it appears the CDC and several other major autism research centers have known about this for months and stayed publicly silent, even as the debate over autism and vaccines has reached several decisive moments -- and a new decision is expected any day from U.S. vaccine court. The CDC in particular would have a hard time claiming ignorance about the suspected crime -- at least three of the forged documents were in the agency’s name, and it helped uncover the fraud last year.
In addition, several current CDC employees including Drs. Diana Schendel, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Catherine Rice were affiliated with Thorsen’s now-defunct research group. Age of Autism has obtained Internet-archived pages from the Web site of the North Atlantic Neuro-Epidemiology Alliances (NANEA) that list the members of the “Atlanta autism team” including Schendel, Yeargin-Allsopp and Rice, all of whom have been in leadership positions in the CDC’s autism epidemiology projects. Schendel is described as NANEA’s “coordinator at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA.” (The CDC did not respond to phone and e-mail requests for comment.)
Meanwhile, Thorsen apparently continues his involvement on an American Psychiatric Association committee that is revising the classification of autism for the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – a change that could affect how the prevalence of the disorder is calculated and its victims compensated and treated. (The APA did not respond to phone and e-mail requests for comment.)
Thorsen’s resume, dated Jan. 22, 2010, remains on the DSM 5 Working Group members page. (View HERE.) He lists himself as “Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA.” (Calls and e-mails to Drexel seeking confirmation of his status there have gone unanswered.)
There is also an earlier Thorsen resume still available on an APA directory dated Jan. 12, just 10 days earlier, (View HERE) that differs substantially from the Jan. 22 update.  On that earlier resume, Thorsen calls himself “Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, University of Aarhus, Denmark, & Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, USA.”
What happened in 10 days to change Thorsen’s bona fides so substantially – going from apparently tenured positions at two leading autism research universities to a part-time adjunct professorship at another school?
Follow the chronology: On Jan. 22 – the day the new resume is dated – the University of Aarhus issued a statement "to whom it may concern" (View HERE) contradicting key parts of that first resume: “In March 2009, Dr. Thorsen resigned his faculty position at Aarhus University,” the statement said, meaning, obviously, he could not have been an associate professor of epidemiology as he was claiming as late as Jan. 12, 2010. “In the meantime, it has come to the attention of Aarhus University that Dr Thomsen [sic] has continued to act in such a manner as to create the impression that he still retains a connection to Aarhus University after the termination of his employment by the university.” Of course, one way this could have come to its attention was through a resume posted at the American Psychiatric Association in which Thorsen still stated exactly that.
“Furthermore,” the statement said, “it has come to the attention of Aarhus University that Dr Poul Thorsen has held full-time positions at both Emory University and Aarhus University simultaneously. Dr Thorsens [sic] double Full-time employment was unauthorised by Aarhus University, and he engaged in this employment situation despite the express prohibition of Aar- hus University.”
Thorsen’s resume, revised and re-posted the same day as the Aarhus statement, drops the statement that he is a professor at Aarhus AND Emory, now citing only a loose academic affiliation with Drexel. It also now says his affiliation with Aarhus ended in 2008, not, as he had said 10 days earlier, that it existed “from 1998” forward to the present day. And in the update he cuts short his Emory professorship as well, saying he was at the Atlanta school in 2008-2009 (rather than from 2008 through the present). That chronology makes his tenures at Aarhus and Emory consecutive, not concurrent. Unfortunately for Thorsen, that contradicts his own original resume – and Emory contradicts the claim he was still there in 2010. On Feb. 21, 2010, the Danish publication Politiken reported [in translation]: “'He is no longer employed at Emory. He was part time occupied at the department of epidemiological research from 2003 and from April 2008 to June 2009 as full time research professor' informs assistant vice director at Emory University Sarah E. Goodwin."
All this, telling though it is in terms of favoring Aarhus’s version of events, is the least of it. The other part of the Aarhus statement said that Thorsen administered a multimillion-dollar grant from the CDC. Without naming him further, Aarhus goes on to state: “Unfortunately, a considerable shortfall in funding at Aarhus University associated with the CDC grant was discovered. In investigating the shortfalls associated with the grant, DASTI and Aarhus University became aware of two alleged CDC funding documents as well as a letter regarding funding commitments allegedly written by Randolph B. Williams of CDC's Procurement Grants Office which was used to secure advances from Aarhus University. Upon investigation by CDC, a suspicion arose that the documents are forgeries.
“DASTI conducted an internal investigation of the authenticity of the docu- ments and have filed a police report with no specific person named in the fil- ing. A police investigation is ongoing.”
Multiple Danish news sources make clear that the only suspect in any ongoing investigation anywhere is the person who held the administrative post in question and subsequently left the university – Thorsen. By now, given the fact that the CDC’s own investigation turned up the fraud, the agency presumably has had plenty of time to mull the implications. Just last month, well after the CDC had been contacted by Aarhus and determined that documents had been forged in its name, and in the middle of the Lancet’s retraction of a paper on the MMR’s possible role in the autism epidemic, the CDC’s Tom Skinner told the New York Times that the retraction “builds on the overwhelming body of research by the world’s leading scientists that concludes there is no link between M.M.R. vaccine and autism.”
Thorsen, of course, is pre-eminently one of those leading scientists and was a co-author of a New England Journal of Medicine study on the MMR. Thorsen and Aarhus, as we’ve reported for years, made important contributions to some of the most influential autism-vaccine mercury (thimerosal) studies – studies disputed as poorly done and unconvincing by critics that over the years have grown to include the head of a panel mandated by Congress to study the issue. But based on five studies, three of which included Aarhus – and one of which Thorsen co-authored -- the U.S. Institute of Medicine concluded in 2004 that “the evidence now favors rejection of a relationship between thimerosal and autism.”
The question becomes, how strong is that evidence now?
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism. Mark Blaxill is Editor at Large.



"A Danish man was indicted Wednesday on charges of wire fraud and money laundering for allegedly concocting a scheme to steal more than $1 million in autism research money from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The indictment charges Poul Thorsen, 49, with 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering. The wire fraud counts each carry a maximum of 20 years in prison and the money laundering counts each carry a maximum of 10 years in prison, with a fine of up to $250,000 for each count."

Maya Naylon

Poul Thorsen is not trying to hide.
He works at the same hospital as my friend in Denmark. It's a PUBLIC hospital and it is easy to find him. He is not acting nor being treated like a criminal. He is not hiding.
If you feel like your accusations are fair, why not confront him?

Jim Thompson

Here is an update for the Emory University web page entitled “New Faculty 2008 – 2009, Rollins School of Public Health.” The page title is the same for both versions--first showing Thorsen on March 6, 2010 and then minus Thorsen on July 8, 2010.

[This is what was on the web as of March 6, 2010]
Poul Thorsen, MD, PhD, Research Professor, Epidemiology
M.D., University of Aarhus, Denmark, 1989
Ph.D., Odense University, Denmark, 1998
Research interests: prenatal risk factors; infectious causes of preterm delivery; low birth weight; cerebral palsy; autism; fetal neurological development; alcohol consumption in pregnancy.
[email protected]
[with a photo of Poul Thorsen] (without thorsen July 8, 2010):

John Fryer

Hope this gets more publicity especially to governments such as France that bought enough vaccine for everyone for an illness that was probably engineered by the vaccine companies.
Strange that Poland with its ZERO request for H1N1 vaccines should lose so many influential lives recently.
The whole debate over vaccines is RIGGED from top to bottom and this guy is just a scapegoat and probably more intelligent than his paymesters the CDC et al.

As a chemist I believe in the ireffutability of science. If mercury was proven dangerous to man 2 000 years ago nothing but nothing will change this fact.

You can stick it in 1 day babies until the end of time and it will always come back: TOXIC and capable of taking your mind away.

Jim Thompson

"Participating Sites and Investigators...Denmark, Poul Thorsen, MD, PhD – University of Aarhus, Denmark and Emory University, USA"

What does Emory University have to say about Thorsen?

Mary Cobb - Jock

I have a little that I need more info for

Anders Pedersen

The role of SSI and CDC

Thanks for this detailed update on Mr. Thorsen. I am a Danish journalist and currently planning to look more into the actions of Statens Serum Institut. I will be filing a freedom of information request at Aarhus University and Statens Seruminstitut during this week to learn more about how the study has since been discussed with external partners (including CDC) and their revenue from the vaccine.

The yearly revenue for Statens Seruminstitut on selling vaccines in Danmark and abroad is more than 900 mio. DKK or more than US$ 150. mio.

If any of you have specific requests that you would like to probe I would love to include them in the request: anderspeders at gmail dot com

Both are public institutions and should thus grant access, but in any case it would be great to cross check information from SSI with documents from CDC. Anyone with plans of requesting further documents from them on the case? Would be interesting to know if the CDC has taken any initiatives to investigate the SSI-documentation further.

Hope to keep in touch with this. Anders

Cherry Sperlin Misra

This is all really amazing. I have only one thing to add : Can someone find out what kind of changes in autism diagnosis Thorsen was campaigning for? It will be clear that those changes will not be what any friend of the truth wishes for. They will be designed to be used to create the impression that autism is NOT falling after the semi-removal of Thimerosal when in fact it is falling or leveling.


This guy has no conscience. He wasn't going to come forward. Nobody with a conscience would take part in manipulating studies. He has full backing of the powers that be and nothing will happen to him. He'll live "high on the hog" for the rest of his life without a concern for all the autistic children in his neighborhood in the US. Guaranteed. The only way this nightmare will end is if the PEOPLE stop taking these disgusting vaccines. The doctors, government and certainly not the courts will save us. It's happening slowly. A woman in my neighborhood who can't give me a dirty enough look everyday because of my autistic son's behavior, suddenly has a son covered in eczema. The pediaquack is of no help. I just say to her -vaccine injury, read the package inserts. Her seemingly perfect life is unraveling - just like mine did.


How long ago are these events supposed to have taken place, and why is it uncovered just now? Random chance based on a belated audit? Or was Dr. Thorsen about to grow a conscience and some cojones, and they had to do something to shut him down? I mean, we keep asking why none of the insiders who know the truth come forward as whistleblowers. Maybe he was having second thoughts; he'd certainly have a trove of documents at his disposal to back him up, assuming he kept records. Or maybe he's just a crook. Either way, if he wanted to get out of the pot they're trying to boil him in, turning whistleblower would sure be one heckuva good way to do it. (Have you heard? "For Spring 2010, tinfoil is the new black.")


Should vicp request a full investigation before ruling on the thimerosal test cases???


It's interesting that in this digital age, there seems to be only one photo available of this criminal. Guess that's the photo they'll have to use on America's Most Wanted. Seems like he's been trying to keep a low profile for some time.

Is anyone reviewing all this guy's published work? His MO may not just be Ponzi-like manipulations of grant money. I would expect he has gotten kickbacks from Pharma for all kinds of favorable reviews of their products. How many homes does he own? Have they been fabulously renovated? Is he married, what kinds of occupations and pay do his relatives receive? Are his children the recipients of "Merck Future Leaders of Science" awards? Although there aren't nearly the number of autistic kids in Denmark as there are here, perhaps our Danish brethren can post some of their encounters with him. Are Thorsen's coauthors being questioned?

Tim Kasemodel

I posted this in an earlier AoA article but it is very relavant to this article.

This is a transcript of an e-mail recovered through the FOIA which is heavily redacted but gives the following information.

From Marlene Lauritsen dated November 13, 2002, to Poul Thorsen, Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen, and Diane Schendel (CDC).

Re: Manuscript about Thimerosal and autism

"Dear Poul, Kreesten and Diane Schendel,

Attached I send you the short and long manuscript about Thimerosal and autism in Denmark. ...(long redacted sentence(s?)...
I need to tell you that the figures in the manuscripts do not include the latest data from 2001. I only have these figures as a paper version and they are at work......(redaction).... But the INCIDENCE AND PREVALENCE ARE STILL DECREASING (emphasis added) IN 2001. ....(redacted sentance)....

I look forward to hear from you again.

Best regards, Marlene"

From Kreesten Meldgaard Madsen, dated November 13, 2002, to Marlene Lauritsen, Poul Thorsen, and Diane Schendel.

Re: Manuscript about Thimerosal and autism

Hi Marlene,

(Redacted Sentances...) I am not currently at the univeristy but I will contact you and Poul tomorrow TO MAKE UP OUR MINDS. (emphasis added).

Best regards, Kreesten"

Less than 30 days later the study was submmitted for publication in Pedatrics

All involved apparently had "Made up their minds" the study would conclude the very opposite of what this e-mail seems to conclude.

I personally think that this e-mail shows that every study that includes ANY of these as authors should carefully reconsidered or even "retracted".

They absolutely knew, months ahead of time, that they were going to have to fudge (read fake) the data to make it conclude thimerosal was not contributing the the rise in autism.

Ed W.

What motivates someone like Thorsen? Is it *just* greed, or is there something more sinister going on, like the powers that be are blackmailing him to publish phony research, and causing him to go on the run?


Sometime in the future,

could there possibly be some sort of "midnight prisoner exchange" where we could trade Dr. Thorsen back to Europe...

in exchange for Dr. Verstraeten, who needs to return to the United States to answer some questions ???

Saw Dr. Nancy this morning on NBC, she was in her usual "happy place" and did not mention the Thorsen fraud incident.


Prayers work. I keep praying for the truth and Thank God, it is coming out. I am sure this will get ZERO media attention other than ATL but you know what, it is one more chip away of their mountain of lies. Enough of us chipping away will eventually get the truth out there.

dave roberts

Why is this man now holed up in America ? has he been given a Green Card ? are the US Immigration dept complicit in protecting this crook ? Worse still have the CDC, the FDA or Big Pharma underwritten his Entry, nothing would surpise me.

A couple of months ago the FDA had an American citizen, Herbalist Greg Caton, kidnapped from Ecuador, all at the behest of Big Pharma. There is little doubt that the Lunatics and running the Asylum, doing just as they please and wherever they please.


Thanks so much for covering this very important story. Curiouser and curiouser...


there is a vaccine for fraud & forgery, it's called prison.


Yes, Thorsen is on the DSM list. Here is one document:

Here is his name on the list of scientists working on Neurodevelopmental Disorders:


what about the claims from LBRB that the letter from Aarhus is a forgery?


...continues his involvement on an American Psychiatric Association committee that is revising the classification of autism for the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders...

I just searched the
no Thorsen listed.
uh, what is that from?


"CDC Criminals" collectible playing cards! I love that, Creative resumes. Seriously, that would make a great fund-raiser!
I wish the major news media would go all mavericky and report on this. In case they don't I thwacked Paul Thorsen's head. How insidious is that, first he was involved in some poor studies that have been widely quoted and now he will try to play the diagnostic manual angle to their advantage. Really creepy.


Probably holed up with Verstraten on a Bill Gates owned private island.


I keep wondering if Thorsen felt like he had, essentially, a blank check, or guaranteed backing, from the CDC because of the "essence" of the studies he helped produce for them?

Did he feel like he had enough backing to disappear $1.8 million and set himself up in the U.S.?


please send a link of this article to Big Noise films and ask them to do we wee film about Autism and the people who are dumbing down the truth.
[email protected]


I don't quite understand it all,,, but does this read to you that this guy was accepting grants from the CDC.... perhaps as payment for the ill deeds he did to children? I mean... what better way to pay someone under the table for wrong doings then by paying them on the table when people wouild be looking under the table. As I said,,, I don't quite understand it, but is this going to implicate the CDC in some weird payments to a guy they loved for saving their asses? Just a thought....

Creative Resumes

Oh, boy! Another mug shot for the official deck of "CDC Criminals" collectible trading cards.

Teresa Conrick

Sorry- make that NBC in Atlanta

Teresa Conrick


Craig Willoughby

bensmyson, please don't take this that I'm ragging on you or anything, but I'm not entirely sure that your comment is appropriate. Especially considering how the Oraccolytes tend to show up. It is almost assured that they will take your comment and twist it.


When do the arrests start? When will the trials commence?


Thanks for another jaw-dropper. What strikes me about this is that Thorsen knows way too much. He'll either end up mysteriously wealthy on a non-extraditing island or will end up mysteriously deceased.

I feel sick. It's not like any of us want this level of corruption to be true, but only truth is going to stop the epidemic.


Amazing piece! It makes me want to tear my eyes out that the mainstream media will turn a blind eye to this.


Wakefield pays some kids at a birthday party for blood samples and gets hacked to pieces in every media outlet in the world.

Thorsen, whatya wanna bet, won't make a single headline. My guess is if he is mentioned at all it will be because he was found in the trunk of some burned out car.


Time for a backhoe and hip waders anyone?? So with all these "awesome" pharma companies and their "wonderful" vaccines, can't anyone come up with a vaccine against dishonesty???

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