Professor Alan Emond
[2009 July] Conflicted Government Expert Airbrushes Embarrassing
Professor Alan Emond author of a new study claiming to overturn the link
between autism and bowel disease has failed to disclose his conflict of
interest as member of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and
Immunisation [JCVI Members]. A 1998 Lancet medical journal study first
published the link and controversially suggested a possible cause might
be the MMR vaccine: [Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific
colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children Lancet
1998:351;9103]. The JCVI decides UK MMR and other vaccination policy and
was recently given sole legal power by the New Labour Government: [UK
Government Hands Drug Industry Control of Childhood Vaccination].
In 2006 after infant Georgie Fisher died following MMR vaccination
the infant’s father claims Professor Emond did not disclose JCVI
membership to him and his wife when Emond was brought into the
investigation by the coroner: [Georgie Boy MMR]. The Coroner
subsequently discounted MMR as implicated in the death.
In 1988 the JCVI approved defective MMR vaccines and failed to
call for withdrawal when large numbers of British children were
seriously injured [British Government’s Reckless Disregard for Child
The 1998 Lancet study raising the link with autism and bowel disease
has proven robust in a series of papers [cited below] despite being
widely attacked in the media for suggesting a link with MMR vaccine and
claimed to be “discredited”.