Lyn Redwood, RN, MSN
Ms. Redwood is the President Emerita of Children’s Health Defense and is currently a Director for the organization. Initially, she served as the Executive Director of the World Mercury Project in 2016. The organization expanded its mission in 2018 to become Children’s Health Defense and Ms. Redwood served in the position of President until 2021. Professionally, Ms. Redwood is a Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in pediatrics and family medicine. She became involved in vaccine safety research and advocacy in 1999 when she calculated that her son had received 125 times the EPA Federal Safety guidelines for safe mercury exposure from his infant vaccines resulting in a diagnosis of autism. In an effort to attract attention to the dangerous practice of using mercury in infant vaccines, she co-authored a landmark paper, “Autism: A Novel Form of Mercury Toxicity” in 2000, linking the symptoms of autism with excessive exposure to mercury. She testified before the Government Reform Committee on “Mercury in medicine: Are we taking unnecessary risks?” before a subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, “Truth revealed: New scientific discoveries regarding mercury in medicine” in 2004. Ms. Redwood continued her advocacy through research publications in Neurotoxicology, Molecular Psychiatry, Expert Opinion in Pharmacotherapy, Journal of Medical Genetics and Medical Hypotheses. She participated in and formally reviewed the Institute of Medicine’s 2008 report “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research.” Ms. Redwood was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Institutes of Health - Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, where she served as a public member from 2007-2014. She was also appointed as an inaugural Integration Panel Member for the Department of Defense, Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Program when the program was formed in 2007 and served for three years. In 2010, she was awarded “Person of the Year” by Spectrum Magazine and was the recipient of the National Autism Association’s “Believe Award” in 2013. Ms. Redwood co-founded the non-profit organizations SafeMinds in 2000 and served as the Executive Director and Director of Research until 2016 and the National Autism Association in 2003 where she is a Director Emerita. Over the years, Ms. Redwood has appeared on multiple national news and television outlets including Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, ABC Nightly News with Richard Besser, and the Montel Williams Show. She has been interviewed for featured stories by U.S. News and World Report, Wired Magazine, New York Times Magazine and is prominently featured in the award-winning book by David Kirby, Evidence of Harm. Prior to her vaccine safety research and advocacy, Ms. Redwood served on her county’s Board of Health for 18 years and as a member of her local city council where she was recognized as “Person of the Year” for her dedication and service to her community.