Andrew Wakefield, the discredited British doctor whose research triggered a wave of opposition to childhood vaccines, has resigned unexpectedly from the autism center he founded in Austin, Texas.
The announcement comes only a few weeks after a British regulatory agency ruled that Wakefield acted dishonestly and irresponsibly in research that led to the 1998 publication of a paper which claimed a link between autism and the vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella.
Wakefield is now defending his medical license in England, and does not have a license to practice medicine in the United States. In a statement, representatives of the Thoughtful House Center for Children said Wakefield had left his post voluntarily to avoid allowing the controversy to overshadow the center’s work.
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