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Autism Researcher Asked To Reject Demirjian Blood Money

Dr. Sudhir Gupta, University of California-Irvine

Below is a letter from Autism Investigated’s editor to immunology professor and researcher Dr. Sudhir Gupta. Dr. Gupta first proposed intravenous immunoglobulins for autism. He is also the recipient of an unrestricted research grant from Lancet Parents Richard and Aida Demirjian. Autism Investigated does not want to shut down research, but does want to get the Demirjians out of anything having to do with biomedical research. Demirjian made a false accusation of fraud against the Lancet paper.

Dear Dr. Gupta,

I am writing to urge you to please stop accepting money from Richard and Aida Demirjian, who are parents of one of the children in the retracted Lancet paper. Richard Demirjian has libeled Dr. Andrew Wakefield in the British Medical Journal. Mr. Demirjian admits that the British Medical Journal falsely stated his autistic symptoms began before vaccination, but does not demand a retraction of this claim. Even worse, he defamed Dr. Wakefield by claiming that the paper falsely stated his son’s autistic symptoms began a week after vaccination. It does not, it only says that his son developed an infection after vaccination which was accurate. Mr. Demirjian refuses to take back that statement.

Because of his willingness to throw autism researchers under the bus, the Demirjians’ grant money should not be accepted by any self-respecting autism researcher. The vaccine people want to shut down all immune-related autism research. When they come for you, Mr. Demirjian will have no problem throwing you under the bus as well. So please reject any further funding from the Demirjians.


Jake Crosby, MPH

Here is what the paper actually says below:

The paper says pneumonia, not autism. Demirjian is a liar, and no autism researcher should accept his money.