Chris Exley

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Alma materUniversity of Stirling
Interests • aluminium
• vaccines
• Alzheimer’s disease
• adjuvants
Researcher into aluminium toxicity and vaccines who was pressured to quit from Keele University after pressure from big donors.

Employment.png Professor

In office
1984 - 2021
EmployerKeele University
Succeeded byPatrik Oksanen
Pressured out by university management because of his research into the toxicity of aluminium

Christopher Exley is an English chemist known for his research on the health effects of aluminium exposure.

He was a tenured professor at Keele University for nearly 30 years, before he was pressured out in 2021. Exley and his team of research scientists had in 2017 established what he describes as an "unequivocal" connection between aluminium toxicity and Alzheimer’s disease.

“We have confirmed previous conclusions that the aluminium content of brain tissue in Alzheimer’s disease, autism spectrum disorder and multiple sclerosis is significantly elevated.”
Chris Exley [1]


Exley is a Biologist with a PhD in the ecotoxicology of aluminium from the University of Stirling.[2]


As part of a string of negative stories in corporate media, in 2019, the Guardian published an hit piece on his funding via Keele’s online funding portal and drawing attention to his work on aluminium in vaccines and their potential link to autism.[3]

From 1984 until 2021, when he chose to resign after years of harassment from management[4], he was Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry and group leader of the Bioinorganic Chemistry Laboratory at Keele University. He is also an honorary professor at the UHI Millennium Institute.[5][6]

The team had developed a protocol to measure the aluminium content of brains, which had shown that the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, autism and multiple sclerosis had elevated levels of aluminium. The focus of their research had begun to turn to aluminium adjuvants and vaccines.[7]

In the modern world, everybody in the world ingest aluminium through processed foods, drink it in water, cook in aluminium pots and pans. It is found in baby formula, cosmetics and is a key ingredient in many vaccines.[7]

Exley had been very successful at attracting independent and unsolicited funding for his research from traditional sources as well as from the public and philanthropists. He had brought in about £6 million over his 30 year term at Keele, most of it from traditional funders (corporate, government and large charities). From the 1990s onwards, his research group experienced increasingly difficulties to obtain funding to do research into aluminium toxicity. In 2016 the university set up a simplified portal for Exley’s team to receive donations, which he says worked well for a couple of years. But in 2018, senior management began to interfere. He began to receive emails from potential donors that the portal was not working, and found out that it had been disabled. [7]

"Since 2016", when Nature published on of his studies on toxicity of aluminium adjuvants in clinically approved vaccines, "I have only received negative publicity about our research. This was not always the case."[7]