Deadly Ebola: U-M experts available to discuss

July 30, 2014

The University of Michigan has a number of experts in disease transmission, quarantine and response to infectious disease threats who can be consulted about the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Dr. Eden Wells, clinical associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Preventive Medicine Residency at the School of Public Health, has research interests in emerging infectious disease threats, applied epidemiology and public health practice, including preparedness planning for public health emergency events. She formerly was with the Bureau of Epidemiology at the Michigan Department of Community Health, serving as a medical consultant and medical epidemiologist. Wells organized the Michigan Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee and assisted the development of Michigan’s State Pandemic Influenza Operational Plan utilized during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. She is co-author of “Major Strategies for Prevention and Control of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers” in Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (edited by Sunit Singh and Daniel Ruzek, 2014). Contact: (734) 647-5306, Profile:

Dr. Arnold Monto, the Thomas Francis Jr. Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology, is an internationally known expert who can discuss transmission, prevention, mitigation and social response to outbreaks and pandemic planning. This includes transmission modes. Contact: (734) 764-5453, Profile:

Mark Wilson, professor of epidemiology, is an ecologist and epidemiologist, with broad research interests in infectious diseases, including the analysis of transmission dynamics, the evolution of vector-host-parasite systems and the determinants of human risk. He can discuss disease transmission, global patterns of disease and relationship to human activity. Recent research studies have focused on specific infectious diseases found in the Middle East, South America and Africa. He has used GPS and satellite imagery to analyze disease ecology. Wilson has studied various “emerging” diseases including Lyme disease and raccoon rabies in the U.S. Contact: (734) 936-0152, Profile:

Dr. Howard Markel, is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine at the Medical School, and director of its Center for the History of Medicine. He has studied epidemics over history and the effectiveness of efforts to contain their spread. This includes an exhaustive study of quarantine efforts and other measures taken during the 1918 influenza outbreak that killed millions worldwide. He is the author of “When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed.” He currently is in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Ebola outbreak in Africa on issues related to quarantine and travel. Contact: Call Kara Gavin at (734) 764-2220 or email Profile:

Dr. Matthew Boulton is professor of epidemiology and senior associate dean for Global Public Health at the School of Public Health. He can discuss surveillance and field investigation of infectious diseases, uses of isolation and quarantine, preparedness planning and assessment of the public health workforce. He is the former chief medical executive, state epidemiologist and director of the Bureau of Epidemiology for the Michigan Department of Community Health, where he served as the state’s lead scientist/epidemiologist overseeing all communicable disease control, immunization programs, environmental health, and vital records and health statistics for the state of Michigan. Boulton served on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Board of Scientific Counselors for Infectious Diseases, 2008-13. He is primary author of “Major Strategies for Prevention and Control of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers,” in Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (edited by Sunit K. Singh and Daniel Ruzek, 2014). Contact: (734) 936-1623, Profile: 

A. Oveta Fuller, an associate professor in microbiology and immunology, can discuss how networks of religious leaders in Africa can be used to deal with the Ebola outbreak. Fuller has published extensively from the laboratory research of her team on virus-cell interactions and she teaches courses about human virus pathogens. She is the associated director of U-M’s African Studies Center. She can be reached at Profile: