James M. Wilson V, MD FAAP
Co-Founder and Director, Ascel Bio National Infectious Disease Forecast Station
Dr. Jim Wilson is director of Ascel Bio’s National Infectious Disease Forecast StationTM, and the primary public facing representative of Ascel Bio. Dr. Wilson is available to speak about infectious diseases, discuss the impact of normal seasonal diseases and surprise pandemics, comment on whether outbreaks are concerning and provide guidance on prevention and avoidance of infection.
Dr. Wilson is a board-certified pediatrician. His entire career has been spent investigating links between the environment and infectious disease, and the application of available technologies to the detection and prediction of disease outbreaks. Dr. Wilson joined the World Health Organization’s Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response as a consultant on the Cote d’Ivoire Ebola outbreak in 1998 and joined NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center to model and map infectious disease outbreaks the following year. In 2002, Dr. Wilson went to work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and continued research on the utility of environmental satellite, and other data. Dr. Wilson became principal investigator of Project Argus, America’s NORAD for infectious diseases, at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center in 2006. Then in 2008 Dr. Wilson became chief scientist and chief technical officer of Veratect, first to warn the United States on the emergence of H1N1 and established Praecipio International, an NGO that was first to warn on the emergence of Cholera in Haiti in 2009.
Dr. Wilson is an established academic. He currently teaches disease forecasting and operational biosurveillance to public health students at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Wilson has previously taught at the Georgetown University Medical Center, as both an adjunct professor at GUMC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology and as an instructor at GUMC’s Department of Pediatrics.
Mr. Patrick Wedlock
Disease Forcaster & Analyst, Ascel Bio National Infectious Disease Forecast Station
Mr. Wedlock is a Disease Forecaster & Analyst. He has an Master of Science in Public Health (2015) with a concentration in global disease epidemiology and control. He produces Situation Reports that dig deeply into the links between infectious disease and pharmaceuticals use, medical infrastructure strain, community strain, panic, and other topics. He also produces monthly disease outbreak forecasts for an average of 20 diseases in each of 15 countries. He has conducted four years of research into the epidemiological patterns of a number of infectious disease groups, including food-borne, water-borne, and vector-borne diseases. Significant working knowledge of national and international public health priorities for disease surveillance and control.
Mr. Christopher Cook
Co-Founder, Ascel Bio National Infectious Disease Forecast Station
Mr. Cook is an experienced financial services executive in Toronto. He has worked on a part time basis for Ascel Bio since 2010. Prior to entering the world of finance and co-founding Ascel Bio, Mr. Cook had been chief executive officer of a technology company that was taken by Mr. Cook from start-up to a listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mr. Cook holds a TRIUM MBA.