Misconduct lauded by autism entrepreneurs
Ex-doctor celebrated

Wakefield prize for science

fraud and incompetence


Incredible, but true. Anti-vaccine campaigers create and bestow a bespoke award on Andrew Wakefield, whose research fraud over the MMR vaccine ended his career

wakefield award for courage in medicine

Here autism entrepreneur Terri Arranga presents research fraudster Andrew Wakefield with an award named after himself. The event took place at a Chicago anti-vaccine conference, Autism One, which appears to be owned by Arranga and her husband, on 19 May 2009.

Following an award-winning investigation by Brian Deer for The Sunday Times of London and the UK's Challenel 4 television network, in 2010 Wakefield would be struck from the list of medical practitioners on multiple counts of dishonesty and abuse of children. He would later be described by Time Magazine as one of the great "science frauds" of modern times, and by the New York Times as "one of the most reviled doctors of his generation".

In 2014, the second annual recipient of the award stepped forward: enginering teacher Dr Brian Hooker, who, with the former gut surgeon Wakefield, betrayed the confidence of a vaccine safety whistleblower at the US Centers for Disease Control.

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