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Danish Fraud Case at Glacial Speed; Discredited Researcher Thorsen in Odense

Poul Thorsen By Ulla Danielsen

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!     



This guy belongs in jail and his research belongs in the garbage. What a travesty that this important news story is totally absent from the networks.

Even Roman Polansky got mentioned numerous times a year while he was in exile.

Thorsen makes off with nearly 2 million in US taxpayer dollars and it's pure crickets. No followup reports. No repeated condemnations from the CDC, no ongoing efforts to retrieve this large sum of money.

Nothing. Now, why is that?

Somebody out there with a conscience must be ready to talk. If you're out there, you can tell your story anonymously you know.

I bet Dan would take your story, maintain your privacy and 30 years from now, you can "come out" and be remembered in the history of autism as a hero.

Go ahead, pick your pseudonym. Be the historically important "Deepthroat" of the autism tragedy.

You know it's the right thing to do. And you'll feel better for doing it.


WHO insider, Professor Ulrich Keil, director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and WHO adviser on heart disease, may have had a “come to Jesus” experience. Let’s pray for him to come clean and find redemption.

“WHO Scientist: Swine Flu Pandemic Was “Completely Exaggerated” by Steve Watson on January 28, 2010.

The WHO, CDC, and Pharma are VERY vulnerable to the public on the subject of heart disease.

The WHO, CDC, and pharma - the vaccine industrialists - are VERY vulnerable as to whether mass inoculation of the public with "flu" shots potentiates, predisposes, triggers, or causes heart attacks. Of course, uncertain risks of any vaccine have never stopped them in the past. Uncertain risks certainly won't stop them from promoting mass inoculation of the public in the future. There's too much money to be made. The liability waivers, advanced market commitments, and pharma-favorable re-definition of "pandemic" from the WHO, are already in place. Sadly, nothing short of legislative reform or a court ruling will ever stop them.


Wikileaks does have info on pfizer


What are the facts? Did Sebelius send a memo to "get rid of the thimerosal issue"? Was Thorsen doing anything illegal leaving with the money, or was the money the perk for "providing" the study?
Do we pay more for studies done abroad that can ensure results fitting to the cdc and drug company's "program? Can we possibly know if these were actually completed studies or simply worked up papers? I believe there is fraud and corruption that goes beyond our imagination.

Autism Grandma

Tobacco Science and the Thimerosal Scandal
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

This extensive research document produced by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2005 should have been more than enough to get the attention of the government authorities and congress regarding Thimerosal, but obviously the corruption runs very deep into the halls of our nation's leadership. Here are a few paragraphs from this 66 page document, entirely and legally referenced [R.F.Kennedy is an attorney]

See entire document and references at link here:

Tobacco Science and the Thimerosal Scandal
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

"During the 1990s, there were a significant number of reports filed into VAERS (The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) from doctors, public health regulators, and parents of children whose autism seemed directly linked to the vaccines. In response, in the autumn of 1999, the CDC asked its employee Thomas Verstraeten to perform the first large study of over 100,000 American kids whose vaccine and medical records were stored in CDC’s Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD). Verstraeten provoked alarm within the vaccine industry community when his data showed clear causative links between thimerosal and neurological damage, including autism. “The harm,” Verstraeten observed, “is done in the first month of life by thimerosal in vaccines.” He wrote in a December 17, 1999 e-mail to Robert Davis, a leading pharmaceutical industry consultant, that despite “running, rethinking, rerunning, and rethinking” the damaging effect of thimerosal persisted. He titled his 1999 e-mail, “It just won’t go away.” [39]

When Thomas Saari, a spokesperson for American Academy of Pediatrics reviewed Verstraeten’s data, he panicked. “What if the lawyers get hold of this?” he wrote in an e-mail to his colleagues, “There’s not a scientist in the world that can refute these findings.” [40]

As word of Verstraeten’s findings spread, panicked public health agencies who had green-lighted thimerosal began warning each other of the study’s implications. In a June 1999 e-mail memo to CDC’s Jose Cordero and Robert Bernier, Peter Patriarca, the director of FDA’s Division of Viral Products and an American Association of Pediatrics Infectious Disease Committee member (both AAP and FDA had strongly supported the vaccine regimen), worried that “the greatest point of vulnerability on this issue is that the systematic review of thimerosal in vaccines by the FDA could have been done years ago. The calculations done by FDA are not complex.” [41] (By then, the FDA had calculated that a birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine would result in mercury exposure nearly 38 times the EPA safety guideline. Referring to huge cumulative doses of thimerosal that children were now receiving in the multiple vaccinations, Patriarca observed, “We must keep in mind that the dose of ethyl mercury was not generated by ‘rocket science … [It] involves ninth grade algebra. What took the FDA so long to do the calculations? Why didn’t CDC and the advisory bodies do these calculations when they rapidly expanded the childhood immunization schedule?” He added, “I’m not sure if there will be an easy way out of the potential perception that the FDA, CDC and immunization policy bodies may have been ‘asleep at the switch’ re: thimerosal until now.[42]

Then Patriarca pointed out the seminal problem that helped provoke this public health crisis in the first place, and that would steer government officials into a shameful conspiracy to cover up the greatest public health scandal in American history; the ubiquitous conflicts of interest—financial and otherwise—that infect relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and the public health authorities. “It will also raise questions,” he cautioned, “about various advisory bodies regarding aggressive recommendations for use [of thimerosal in child vaccines].” Many members on the advisory bodies who review vaccine science have financial ties to industry. The agencies tainted by these conflicts include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the agency charged with investigating medical issues; the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), the agency charged with regulating vaccines; the Institute of Medicine (“IOM”), which examines policy issues for the National Academies; and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Of these, CDC is particularly compromised. CDC has the extraordinary power to guarantee a market and profits to vaccine makers. But the people who make these decisions often have a financial stake in their outcomes. According to a February 2004 report by UPI investigative journalist Mark Benjamin, members of CDC’s vaccine advisory committees often share vaccine patents, own stock in vaccine companies, receive payment for research or to monitor vaccine trials, and funding for academic departments. Furthermore, CDC itself each year receives money from vaccine makers from licensing agreements and for work on collaborative projects and CDC scientists regularly leave the agency to work for vaccine manufacturers.[43]

Despite his professed efforts to manipulate the data to reduce the effect, Verstraeten’s confidential report of February 2000 concluded that there was a ten-fold increased risk of autism and related neurodevelopmental problems, resulting from the mercury in the vaccines.

By June 2000, Verstraeten had prepared his study for publication showing thimerosal’s causative relationship to neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.[48] Instead of publishing the article, however, he shared his findings that month at a secret meeting with sixty pharmaceutical industry representatives and public health officials at the Simpsonwood Retreat center in Norcross, Georgia. The meeting was held with no public notice and apparently convened at Simpsonwood to avoid the reach of the Freedom of Information laws which public health officials interpreted to cover only meetings at government offices. Attendees included numerous high ranking CDC and FDA representatives, vaccine officials from WHO (World Health Organization), and representatives of vaccine makers GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth, and Aventis, all of whom are named defendants in lawsuits by the parents of autistic children.[49]

Transcripts of those discussions were first obtained by a Congressional committee investigating thimerosal and more recently by Safe Minds, a group of anti-thimerosal advocates. Those transcripts paint an unsavory picture of frantic scrambling by vaccine makers and CDC reps who had seen Verstraeten’s unpublished study. We see leaders at the highest level of America’s medical community charged with protecting public health, hatching a plan with pharmaceuticals to hide the dangers of thimerosal from the public, protect the pharmaceutical manufacturers of the chemical and the regulatory agency bureaucrats who had approved its use from liability.

Dr. Verstraeten, who shortly after that meeting announced that he had accepted a job working for thimerosal vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline, introduced his research as “the study that nobody thought we should do,” and summarized his findings [50]: “we have found statistically significant relationships between” thimerosal exposure and neurological disorders.[51]

….the Congressional Record published “The Mercury in Medicine Report” on May 21, 2003 by Weldon’s committee. The committee report made a specific finding that: “The CDC in general and the National Immunization Program in particular conflicted in their duties to monitor the safety of vaccines, while also charged with the responsibility of purchasing vaccines for resale as well as promoting increased immunization rates.” [135]

The report faulted CDC which, it said, was plagued by “bias[es] against theories regarding vaccine-induced autism,” had therefore selected researchers “who also worked for vaccine manufacturers to conduct population-based epidemiological studies.”[136] The report condemned the IOM studies as “of poor design, under-powered, and fatally flawed.”[137]

The report concluded that:

“Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic. This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding the lack of safety data regarding injected Thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this known neurotoxin. Our public health agencies’ failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry.”[138]

Deb in IL

Great idea from reading the comments - change name of AofA or add sub-line: The Wiki-leaks of mainstream medicine, specializing in exposing Pharm, Government and other organizations incestuous relationships and shenanigans.

Autism and Anti-Vaccine Advocate

Dear Bob Moffitt:

You are so right. Parents and organizations should get on the CDC's case with their Senate and Congress representatives.

At the same time use this as reason to cut the Dept of HHS budget.

The CDC, NIH, IACC, and FDA (Dept of HHS)are the appendex of the Federal government.
When it is inflamed it is USELESS and should be cut off.

Mike Kohloff

Perhaps when you perpetrate scientific fraud, it makes it so much more ethically painless to succumb to financial fraud.
And the latter is so much more fun & rewarding.
A person is seldom a little bit dishonest or just a little bit pregnant.

Personal integrity is like an egg's shell. Once it's been cracked, eventually rottenness results.
(Hey, that one came out pretty good. I'm going to have to use that again.)


Thanks for writing about this. Where tf are the mass media on this story?!? Dr. Wakefield gets worldwide coverage simply for listening to parents and doing a simple case series study on 12 children with autism and severe GI issues, but Dr. Thorsen is ignored after absconding with millions. No doubt the CDC would hate for him to go on trial, as their relationship with him would be made public. But are all reporters in the pocket of the CDC and pharma?!?


I thought your group would like to see what advocacy looks like... This is by the group.


Where is Mr. assange when you need him??? Blow this corrupt pile of crap out of the water. We want healthcare wikileaks!


when will A o A or some other autism community memeber with a podium start providing talking points. The problem is that in order to understand all this, you hae to keep up with it and read and read and read... we need talking points. Correct, factual, simple talking points so we are all speaking the same language on the same issues. Politicians do with with lies... we need to do it with the truth


I am wondering about the time frame. Did all this happen under Gerberding's watch?


AgeofAutism needs to write letters to CDC officials requesting information regarding this money.

If necessary, AgeofAutism needs to file a "Freedom of Information Act" request with the CDC, requesting this information.

What does Duke University say? When I looked at their website about 2 months ago, Poul Thorsen still showed up. Now I find no trace . . . Interesting, but what does Duke have to say?

I can't help but notice that this article was posted just at or after Finals Week at most schools, and just before the Christmas-New Year holidays. A time when no one (at the CDC etc.) will be doing anything. And will have the excuse of "it's the holidays; everyone is gone."

How about holding their feet to the fire?

forensics for the trees

When will some insiders at NANEA or Aarhus send some material to Wikileaks??! (To say nothing of those aware of insider information at CDC and elsewhere.) Exposing fraudulent excuses to go to war is all well and good, but there is a massive human rights need for good Wikileaks about this subject!!

cls mpm

So the Danes are just as corrupt as the Americans. So disappointing, I had thought they were a better people, from what I knew of their king and people during WW2. The commenters below of course are correct, for Thorsen not to be vigorously pursued and prosecuted, there is complicity at the highest levels, at Aarhus and elsewhere in the Danish establishment. Fellow Danish autism parents, I implore you to tell the truth of what Thorsen did to all decent citizens of Denmark!


In some parts of the the world, (and the US) and with some of the bigger & better politicians...

One is "considered honest" if they will admit to stealing the money...


Aarhus University not only canned Thorsen they vacated his research. The school pulled out of the US CDC's anti-litigation bloc of Autism research.

Any US court accepting the Thorsen research as gospel is a sham court. And you can't take the paperwork and erase his name off it. By all accounts he was their "rock star" ringleader.

Theodora Trudorn

I'm just waiting for the pro-vaxxers to come out and say that just because he engaged in ethics violations among other things that doesn't mean the science is wrong.

So I can then use that and say "You then have no right to attack Andrew Wakefield, because you can say the exact same thing about his work." And then wait for that deer in the headlights look that really never gets old.


"Do not judge, lest yee be judged. For by that measure you use, so shall it be measured to you." -Bible


Doesn't somebody at Aarhus University want to talk to him?

What's he doing in Odense? Why did he run away?


Does anyone see a pattern of criminal conduct here? From a non-attorney’s perspection, in RICO parlance, in order to prove a conspiracy one needs to show relatedness and continuity of predicate acts, and an agreement to violate the substantive RICO Act. Motive can be inferred by the totality of circumstances. Who has the motive, means, and opportunity to do the crime? How much more of a smoking gun does the public require? Predicate acts can be vertically-related or horizontally-related.

" is clear that just as in Bingham v. Zolt, 66 F.3d 553, 562 (2d Cir. 1995), there were a variety of schemes which were related only in their ultimate goal which resulted in “new injuries.” The underlying predicate acts of each scheme, however, were related and continuous."

Why don’t we start with the Simpsonwood transcript? Here’s a link to a video clip of Robert F. Kennedy Jr, titled “The Mercury-Autism Cover Up”, wherein he talks about the Simpsonwood transcript and the “sickest generation of American children in the history of our country” which began in 1989.

Then let’s consider the subject of this post, the CDC, WHO, and ask what, if any, was Thorsen’s role in the scheme. Then let’s consider the role of the WHO, CDC, and ask what, if any, was Dr Albert Osterhaus’s role in the scheme.

Let’s consider how pharma gained (a) liability waivers for vaccine injuries, worldwide, (b) Advanced Market Commitments from governments worldwide to sell their pandemic “flu” inoculations, and ( c) a pharma-favorable re-definition of “pandemic” from the WHO. Pharma, CDC, and WHO need only “fan the flames” of pandemic flu hysteria each year and push for mandated flu jabs, globally - all for “the greater good”, of course. It’s a “perfect storm”.


Another observation, having lived across Oresund in Malmo for a couple years, I would also like to point out that if Thorsen was NOT a homogeneous ethnic "native" Dane, they'd be on him like white on rice.

I also agree I am sure many people are afraid of the stories he could tell.

Bob Moffitt

"The US health agency CDC was the multi-million sponsor for Poul Thorsen’s research center NANEA ..."

Poul Thorsen's fraudulent research scam did not steal money belonging to the CDC .. his fraudulent research scam stole money belonging to the PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.

So .. the highest levels of the CDC who were responsible for "sponsoring" Poul Thorsen's research center NANEA .. are now reponsible for prosecuting him in the name of THE PEOPLE FROM WHICH HE STOLE.

Should the CDC continue to fail their responsibility to seek justice through criminal prosecution of Poul Thorsen .. they .. themselves .. should be investigated by the US Justice Department as possible co-conspirators in this fraudulent research scam.


My son may not have died but he sure as hell lost his life.

Katie Wright

Thank you Ulla!!!

I was just wondering what happened to Thorsen.
Wow, wouldn't you be working hard to get your money back or at least ensure this man was jailed for theft- if he stole YOUR money.

The CDC doesn't seem to care. Can you even imagine if a DAN! doctor stole $5 million from the CDC? He never would have gotten bail. The CDC are so free and easy w/ taxpayer money yet they complain and complain that their budget is too small. Well here is there big chance to retrieve $5 million but they have not done a thing.

Hmmmmmm.... I wonder why?


Here’s another glacially-slow “investigation”:

“WHO ‘Swine Flu Pope’ under investigation for gross conflict of interest” by F. William Engdahl on December 8, 2009.

“Esteemed virologist Dr Albert Osterhaus accused of stoking pandemic fears to promote his own vaccine business interests” by Mike Adams on October 19, 2009.


No one died from this fraud?
I wonder if the lady I use to correspond with 10 years back who lost her little girl would think so?

The story is she was a army wife, the daughter received a vaccine and her heart became very slow, probably from mitochondrial stress. She died in the army hospital emergency room, down in South Carolina.

Or how about the little boy from Middlesburo, Kentucky that died from his vaccine injuries.

Pictures of these children are what needs to be seen!

Never mind life long brain injuries. Just dead body counts!


Perhaps they're afraid that Paul Thorsen will sing like a canary implicating others...he was one of them, he has inside information and now he is a threat so they tread lightly.

Like Whitey Bulger, a paid FBI informant, imagine the tales he could tell if they caught him. So the cat and mouse game continues and the public is none the wiser.


That is about $1.8 million US, I wonder how many other cases of fraud on such a scale have taken so long to be prosecuted in Denmark. The natural assumption is there is a desire at the highest levels to avoid the publicity of a trial.

Jim Thompson

Richard Feynman’s words, 36 years later, still apply to the questionable integrity of the University of Aarhus:

“It is very dangerous to have such a policy in teaching--to teach students only how to get certain results, rather than how to do an experiment with scientific integrity.

So I have just one wish for you--the good luck to be somewhere where you are free to maintain the kind of integrity I have described, and where you do not feel forced by a need to maintain your position in the organization, or financial support, or so on, to lose your integrity. May you have that freedom.”


If the University of Aarhus is not actively pursuing this matter then there is a serious question as to whether Poul Thorsen’s alleged lack of integrity was a result of pressure from the University of Aarhus.

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