misled top UK medical research hearing
over where he got MMR children
is research from an investigation by Brian Deer for The Sunday
Times of London and the UK's Channel 4
Television into a campaign linking the MMR
children's vaccine with autism.
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part II: The Wakefield
publication of the MMR-autism claims in
the Lancet, in February 1998, the UK's
Medical Research Council convened a
meeting at which Dr Andrew Wakefield was
asked where he got the children he said
may be vaccine-damaged? The truth,
withheld from the MRC, was that many were
on a list drawn up for a contract with a firm of
lawyers suing MMR manufacturers.
Wakefield laundered their parents'
allegations into the medical literature
as "findings", when they were
really part of his research
Two years later,
Dr Wakefield was asked a related
question at another minuted meeting:
a committee of the United States
congress, chaired by an anti-MMR
campaigner, Dan Burton. Burton
"Who funded your study?"
Again, Wakefield didn't reveal
£50,000 from lawyers, explicitly
paid for this work.