Nineteen month ago – in May 2009 – the University of Aarhus and The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) in unison reported Danish autism researcher Dr. Poul Thorsen to the police for alleged fraud of 10 million danish crowns of university funds. The victim is the University of Aarhus. However, Thorsen has not yet been interrogated by the Danish police about this case and neither has any charge been raised.
These facts were confirmed Thursday, December 9, 2010 by the police of Eastern Jutland. "We have not tried to examine him. We have not spoken to that man and we have not presented any charges to him," says the police assistant in charge of the case.
The US health agency CDC was the multi-million sponsor for Poul Thorsen’s research center NANEA, and according to the police of Eastern Jutland a court decision is required in order to ask for information in another country about a person. The police of Eastern Jutland say that the Prosecution at the court of Aarhus is “busy” – "My guess is, that the court decision is awaiting treatment at the Prosecution, says the police assistant."
Furthermore, in order to ask US police authorities to have documents extradicted, papers in the Thorsen case must be translated into English, and as yet that has not happened. "Now it also depends on, how the priority is of a given case. And nobody has died in this case. Nobody has been killed. He has only stolen some money, says the police assistant, illustrating that Danish police as a unit are seemingly unaware of the dimensions of the spectacular alleged fraud: that the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and other international health institutions relied on epidemiological research performed by Thorsen and his now compromised and bankrupt research center NANEA. Health authorities still deny a connection between mercury in vaccines and autism and also reject a connection between MMR-vaccination and autism.
Asked how the University of Aarhus views the somewhat lengthy police investigation, the answer is: “They have not expressed any concern, that it is troubling them."
However on January 22, 2010, the University of Aarhus was severely troubled and issued a formal statement in which the university distanced itself from the former high-profile autism researcher:
“Aarhus University wishes to confirm that Dr. Poul Thorsen no longer has any connection to Aarhus University, and that Aarhus University will not be able to collaborate with Poul Thorsen in the future. To the extent that other parties collaborating with Aarhus University wish to draw on Poul Thorsen’s expertise, Aarhus University will only accept such collaboration if it has the purpose of securing data or protecting the interests of participating researchers and funding agencies.”
A good question is, whether that is exactly what is taking place?
The CDC grant which – at the expense of the University of Aarhus - has allegedly been abused financially was administered by Odense University Hospital and Aarhus University (AU) under the direction of Thorsen, who according to the police of Eastern Jutland now has moved his official address to Odense.
However reluctant the Danish police and Danish judicial authorities are to investigate and to act in the 10 million danish crown fraud case, the whole story must be an enormous embarrassment to the University of Aarhus.
On the one hand the university publicly maintains that the scientific value of Dr. Poul Thorsen’s epidemiological autism studies is still unquestionable.
On the other hand the university wishes to maintain its current rating position as one of the 75 best universities in the world.
How the University of Aarhus is going to succeed in this Catch 22, when independent epidemiological researchers never have been allowed full access to a complete copy of the Scandinavian autism datasets in order to redo the internationally much questioned studies, is something to really wonder about!