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Double-dipper, ripper-offer…

… Poul Thorsen, once an autism researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark, is currently under indictment here in the States for theft. We’re trying to extradite him.

While a visiting scientist at the CDC a few years back, Thorsen scored some big CDC grants, for research to be carried out in Denmark. When he got back to Denmark, he “submitted false invoices for research expenses and had Aarhus University, where he held a faculty position, transfer the funds to his personal account at the CDC Federal Credit Union in Atlanta, prosecutors said.”

He used the money for cars, a house, and a motorcycle.

Thorsen no longer teaches at Aarhus; if you Google Thorsen and Aarhus, you get a statement about him from the Managing Director of the university which notes that although Poulsen continues to act as if he’s still on the Aarhus faculty, he most certainly is not.

The university also notes in this letter that Poulsen took a full-time position at Emory (Emory! Emory? Wake up! Get this guy’s mug off your website!) while still employed full-time by Aarhus.

Margaret Soltan, April 13, 2011 8:07PM
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One Response to “Double-dipper, ripper-offer…”

  1. Liz Ditz Says:

    The surgical oncologist and science blogger Orac has more of the story on Poulson:


    Bottom line: Poulson committed a crime, but his actions do not invalidate two papers (2002 and 2003) The former exonerates the MMR as being causal in autism; the latter exonerates thimerosal.

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