I am starting to think that Dr Offit doesn't like basements. That must be the reason why Dr Offit doesn't like to publisize his relationship with the Autism Science Foundation (ASF).
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You would think that it is a match made in heaven. Dr Offit knows that there is no relationship between vaccines and autism and the entire mission of the Autism Science Foundation is to fund all autism research except that which has anything to do with vaccines. And as a matter of fact, Dr Offit is on the board of directors for the Foundation.
Yet Dr Offit doesn't seem to like to talk about the Foundation that he helps direct. If you look at his recent press (and he does seem to like his publicity) such as Newsweek, Wired, Pediatric SuperSite, New York Times, or the Op-ed page of the New York Times you won't find any mention of a relationship. If you look at the resume on his site, it isn't mentioned either.
There even isn't any mention on his Wikipedia page.
I have no idea why Dr Offit doesn't like to talk about his relationship with the Autism Science Foundation. This is the organization that hopes to one day replace Autism Speaks as the premier autism organization so you would think that the he would do whatever he could to help its mission. About the only thing that I could think of is the Foundation is run out of Allison Singer's basement and Dr. Offit must not like basements.
After all, the good doctor is very concerned about the welfare of children who have autism and spends much of his time treating them and trying to help them, right? Oh wait, I must be thinking of someone else. Dr. Offit doesn't have anything to do with autism other than to say that vaccines didn't cause it.
Why is he on the board of directors of the Autism Science Foundation again?