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Ask the Doctor: Ebola

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James Wilson, M.D., is a research associate professor with the School of Community Health Sciences at UNR. He is our guest in tonight's Ask the Doctor segment. To speak with him during the show, call 775-858-2222 between 5-6PM.

Dr. Wilson created an algorithm-based mechanism that forecasts the spread of infectious diseases worldwide and is used by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense and other national agencies with interest in monitoring these developments. As a University faculty member, Wilson is developing a forecasting center to track the spread of infectious diseases in Nevada. The goal is to accurately forecast the growth of such conditions so that preventative measures may be put in place early on to avoid overloading the health care system and putting a strain on precious resources as physicians and health care institutions strive to catch up following an outbreak.

Wilson has been involved with the Ebola response in terms of forecasting the spread of the virus and developing public education as to the disease and preventative measures to be taken against it. He has served as an infectious-disease advisor to many organizations including the Department of Homeland Security and National Biosurveillance Integration Center, World Health Organization and NASA.

A board certified pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, he is the founder and executive vice president of AscelBio, a for-profit corporation that provides consulting services to its clients for infectious disease risk assessments, and director of the AscelBio National Infectious Disease Forecast Center. He is also founder and executive director of Praecipio International, a non-profit corporation dedicated to enhancing and improving international public health and security against biological threats by stimulating collaboration within and offering education to the international, multi-disciplinary humanitarian community.

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