The Autism File Team

Polly Tommey, Editor-in-Chief

Polly Tommey is a mother of a child aged 14 with autism. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Autism File Global. Polly is also the Founder of The Autism Trust, a UK and US registered charity focused on building inspiring and sustainable futures for children with autism in the UK and US when they leave full time education. Polly presents a show called Living with Autism on the new Autism Media Channel.

Polly is regarded as one of the leading figures in autism in the UK as a campaigning and influential journalist and is featured regularly as a sector expert in the media. She presents a regular radio programme: Autism Issues From Around the World on Autism One Radio; she is Secretary of the Autism Human Rights & Discrimination Initiative;  A member of the External Reference Group on autism. She is married to Jonathan Tommey who runs The Autism Clinic and they have three children, one of whom has autism. Polly and Jonathan’s first book, entitled Autism: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Child’s Quality of Life, will be released on 2nd April 2011, published by Little Brown Books.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Editor, Scientific Editor - Clinical and Laboratory Science

Dr Andrew Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath, is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981, one of the third generation of his family to have studied medicine at that teaching hospital.

He pursued a career in gastrointestinal surgery with a particular interest in inflammatory bowel disease. He qualified as Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1985 and in 1996 was awarded a Wellcome Trust Traveling Fellowship to study small-intestinal transplantation in Toronto, Canada. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2001. He has published over 130 original scientific articles, book chapters, and invited scientific commentaries.

In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Dr. Wakefield lost his job in the Department of Medicine at London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country, his career, and his medical license.

He is married to Carmel, a physician and a classical radio presenter. They have four children, James, Sam, Imogen, and Corin, and a black mongrel called Bella.

Carol Stott, BSc. PhD (Cantab) CPsychol. -  Scientific Editor - Epidmiology, Research Design and Statistics

Dr. Carol Stott is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychological Society. She is also a Chartered Scientist with an MSc in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine and a PhD in the Epidemiology of Specific Language Impairments (SLI) from the University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Stott spent 13 years (1991-2004) in the University of Cambridge,Department of Psychiatry and Autism Research Centre (ARC) investigating the population frequency of SLI and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). She now acts as an independent consultant on research design, psychometrics and statistical analysis in autism research in the U.S. and U.K. Dr. Stott’s primary research roles are to advise on research methodology, devise and implement appropriate screening and diagnostic tools, and carry out statistical analysis of research and clinical outcomes. Dr. Stott also runs a private consultancy and has recently joined the Autism Clinic, U.K. to provide diagnostic, psychometric, and assessment services as well as evaluation of the outcome of nutritional and  biomedical interventions for children with autism and related developmental disorders.