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Report of the MMR Expert Group

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Report of the MMR Expert Group

Annex 1 - Membership of the Expert Group

The Very Revd Graham Forbes, Chairman, Provost, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
Dr Kenneth Aitken, Child Clinical Neuro-Psychologist.
Dr Gordon Bell, Lovass Technique Advisor.
Dr J Claire Bramley, Epidemiologist, Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health.
Dr Clare Brogan, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University; Representative of the National Autistic Society.
Dr David Cromie, Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Lanarkshire Health Board.
Mr Martyn Evans, Director, Scottish Consumer Council.
Dr David Goldblatt, Reader in Immunology, Immunobiology Unit, Institute of Child Health, University of London.
Mrs Gillian Hamer-Hodges, National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease.
Mrs Jane Hook, Chair, Scottish Society on Autism.
Professor Steve Hudson, Professor of Pharmaceutical Care, Strathclyde University.
Professor Eve Johnston CBE, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh; Chair of Medical Research Council Autism Review.
Ms Jo McCallum, Public Health Nurse Specialist, Department of Public Health, Ayrshire and Arran Health Board.
Dr Adrian Margerison, Chairman, Scottish Association of Community Child Health.
Dr Andrew Riley, Director of Public Health, Borders NHS Board.
Professor Lewis Ritchie, General Practitioner; Head of Department of General Practice and Primary Care, University of Aberdeen; Professor of General Practice, University of Aberdeen.
Mr Bruce Robertson, Director of Education, Culture and Sport, Highland Council.
Professor Lawrence Weaver, Samson Gemmell Professor and Head of the Department of Child Health, University of Glasgow.

Mr Jonathon Best, Chief Executive of Yorkhill NHS Trust, was originally a member of the Group. He withdrew in January 2002, when it became clear that other commitments would continue to prevent him from participating fully in the process.

Summary of Declared Interests

Interests of a financial, lobby/political, scientific (research funding), litigation, family or other personal nature

Interests relating to,for example, employment

Other

Dr K Aitken

  • Employed as an independent Consultant Child Clinical Neuropsychologist, and part time by Greater Glasgow Primary Healthcare Trust.

  • Research interests include the Intercontinental Case Control Study of Autism, and work with the Repligen Corporation, Laxdale Pharmaceuticals and the Sackler Foundation.

  • Expert witness in current legal action relating to MMR vaccine and autism, remunerated by Legal Aid Board.

  • No other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

None.

Member of the Biomedical sub-group of the Scottish Parliament Cross-party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Dr G Bell

  • Son has ASD.

  • Employed solely by the University of Stirling; activity includes research funded by the Autism Research Trust; no other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

  • Lead applicant on a research proposal to SEHD-CSO.

The University of Stirling has a diverse set of roles and functions relating to teaching, research, and the appropriate commercialisation of that work. The University therefore has related contractual, administrative and financial arrangements with Government, Research Councils, charitable organisations and businesses.

Chairman of the Biomedical sub-group of the Scottish Parliament Cross-party Group on Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Dr J C Bramley

  • Employed solely by SCIEH; no other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

  • Member of PHLS Advisory Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation.

  • The Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH) is a division of the Common Services Agency (CSA) for NHSScotland. SCIEH has a diverse set of roles and responsibilities relating to the national surveillance of communicable diseases and environmental hazards, and the provision of expert support to practitioners, policy-makers and others on infection and environmental health. These include immunisation and vaccine-preventable diseases.

  • The CSA and SCIEH receive contracts, research funding and other income from Government, charitable organisations and pharmaceutical companies, including those with an interest in vaccines.

None.

Dr C Brogan

  • Employed by Glasgow Caledonian University and by the University of Strathclyde (on a part-time basis). Previously employed by the National Autistic Society (NAS); no other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

  • Member of the PHIS working group which prepared the SNAP report on autistic spectrum disorders.

  • Lead applicant on a research proposal to SEHD-CSO (pilot study to develop a register of children with ASD).

  • Glasgow Caledonian University has a diverse set of roles and functions relating to teaching, research and the appropriate commercialisation of that work. The University therefore has related contractual, administrative and financial arrangements with Government, Research Councils, charitable organisations and businesses.

  • The National Autistic Society is a registered charity which champions the rights and interests of all people with autism and their families and ensures that they receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

None.

Dr D Cromie

Employed solely as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine by Lanarkshire NHS Board; no other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

Lanarkshire NHS Board has a diverse set of roles and responsibilities relating to the delivery of health services within its boundaries. These include immunisation, and the diagnosis and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders.

None.

Mr M Evans

Employed solely as Director of the Scottish Consumer Council; Visiting Professor of Law at University of Strathclyde (unpaid) to 31 December 2001; no other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

The Scottish Consumer Council is part of a non-profit making company. It is independent of any commercial, political or other vested interest

Member of several SEHD advisory groups.

Very Revd G Forbes

Provost, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh; Member, General Medical Council; Member, the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland; no other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares

St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh has shares in GlaxoSmithKline.

None.

Dr D Goldblatt

  • Reader/honorary consultant at the Institute of Child Health and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

  • Additional income derived from consultancy and other work for a range of companies, including GlaxoSmithKline and Wyeth Lederle Vaccines; also providing expert reports for solicitors representing a company that manufactures MMR.

  • No shares which qualify as relevant registerable financial interests.

The Institute of Child Health has interests in teaching, research and supporting service developments. It therefore has related contractual, administrative and financial arrangements with Government, Research Councils, charitable organisations and businesses.

Member of JCVI.

Mrs G Hamer-Hodges

  • Son has Crohn's disease.

  • Member of National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease (NACC).

  • No relevant registerable financial interests, including shares or employment.

  • The NACC is a registered charity which provides medical information, practical help and emotional support for people who have been diagnosed with IBD and for their families. It offers a welfare grant to those suffering financial difficulty as a direct result of IBD.

  • NACC receives some sponsorship from GlaxoSmithKline, Astra Zeneca and others.

None.

Mrs J Hook

  • Daughter has ASD.

  • Chair of Scottish Society for Autism.

  • Member of the PHIS working group which prepared the SNAP report on autistic spectrum disorders.

  • No relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

The Scottish Society for Autism is a registered charity which seeks to ensure the provision of the best education, care, support and opportunities for people of all ages with autism in Scotland.

Member of steering group on review of psychological services.
Vice-convenor Cross-party Group on ASD.

Professor S Hudson

  • Employed solely by Strathclyde University as Boots Professor of Pharmaceutical Care. The chair has been endowed since 1997 by the Boots company for five years. The terms of the endowment mean that the charitable contribution to the University carries no obligations to the donors.

  • No other relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

Strathclyde University has a diverse set of roles and functions relating to teaching, research, and the appropriate commercialisation of that work. The University therefore has related contractual, administrative and financial arrangements with Government, Research Councils, charitable organisations and businesses.

None.

Professor E Johnston CBE

  • Employed by Edinburgh University as Professor of Psychiatry; research programme funded by the Medical Research Council; paid honorarium by Medical Research Council as Chairman of the MRC Neurosciences Board.

  • Chair of the MRC Autism Review.

  • Member of a number of professional organisations.

  • Shares in GlaxoSmithKline; no other relevant registerable financial interests.

  • Edinburgh University has a diverse set of roles and functions relating to teaching, research and the appropriate commercialisation of that work.The University therefore has related contractual, administrative and financial arrangements with Government, Research Councils, charitable organisations and businesses.

  • The Dept of Psychiatry has interests in teaching, research and supporting service developments.

None.

Ms J McCallum

Employed solely as a Public Health Nurse Specialist by Arran and Ayrshire NHS Board; no relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

Arran and Ayrshire NHS Board has a diverse set of roles and responsibilities relating to the delivery of health services within its boundaries. These include immunisation, and the diagnosis and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders.

None.

Dr A Margerison

Employed solely by Borders NHS Board; Chairman of Scottish Association of Community Child Health; no relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

Borders NHS Board has a diverse set of roles and responsibilities relating to the delivery of health services within its boundaries. These include immunisation, and the diagnosis and treatment of autistic spectrum disorders. The Board has interests in teaching, research and supporting service developments

None.

Dr A Riley

  • Employed solely as Director of Public Health by Borders NHS Board.

  • Member of Faculty of Public Health Medicine and Borders Research Ethics Committee.

  • Shares in GlaxoSmithKline; no other relevant registerable financial interests.

None.

Professor L Ritchie

  • James Mackenzie Professor and Head of the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Aberdeen; General Practitioner Principal at Peterhead Health Centre; Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Grampian Health Board.

  • Lectures/seminars sponsored by pharmaceutical companies, on an irregular basis.

  • No relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

University Department has interests in teaching, research and supporting service developments in general practice and primary care. This includes medicines assessment/drug trial work sponsored by pharmaceutical companies.

  • JCVI member.

  • Membership of several SEHD advisory groups.

Mr B Robertson

  • Employed solely as Director of Education Culture and Sport, Highland Council; no relevant registerable financial interests, including shares.

  • Member of several SE advisory groups.

Highland Council has a diverse set of roles and responsibilities relating to the delivery of services within its boundaries. These include supporting immunisation of school-age children, and the provision of appropriate education and social services for those with autistic spectrum disorders.

None.

Professor L Weaver

  • Employed by Glasgow University as Head of Dept of Child Health and by Royal Hospital for Sick Children.

  • Member of a number of professional organisations and research/advisory committees.

  • Shares in GlaxoSmithKline; no other relevant registerable financial interests.

The University of Glasgow has a diverse set of roles and functions relating to teaching, research and the appropriate commercialisation of that work. The University therefore has related contractual, administrative and financial arrangements with Government, Research Councils, charitable organisations and businesses.

None.