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(Steve Parsons/PA)Andrew Wakefield was found guilty of serious misconduct by the General Medical Council three weeks ago

February 19, 2010 

Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced doctor who first claimed that the MMR vaccine could cause autism, has resigned unexpectedly from the American clinic he set up after his work was widely discredited in Britain.

Three weeks after being found guilty of serious misconduct — when his US clinic offered the doctor its measured backing — the fallout appears to have cost Wakefield his job.

The Thoughtful House Centre for Children in Austin, Texas, which was set up by Wakefield in 2005 with the support of celebrity backers, confirmed to The Times yesterday that the gastroenterologist had left its employment.

Wakefield became executive director and research chief of the non-profit autism centre — on an annual salary of $270,000 (£170,000). He left Britain amid strong concerns over his work suggesting that the combined MMR vaccine — recommended for all children to guard against measles, mumps and rubella — could increase the risk of bowel disorders and autism.

Read More …  http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article7032762.ece



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