John S Brownstein, PhD

Computational Informatics

John is a Professor in Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and holds positions as Director of Computational Epidemiology Group and Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital. He is Principal Investigator and co-founder of and Med Watcher Social, health informatics tools that mine online media for early warning signals of emerging global health risks. HealthMap has been accredited with the earliest digital indications of ‘public health emergencies of international concern’ including SARS, H1N1, Ebola, and Zika. It is evidence-backed by over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is used by global public health and regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the World Health Organization (WHO) and European Union (EU). John is also Co-Investigator of BD2K PIC-SURE, an information commons for biomedical data centered on the patient that combines genetic, environmental, imaging, behavioral, and clinical data on individual patients from multiple sources into integrated sets. He holds a portfolio of grants from from NIH, USAID, DoD, IARPA, CDC, Google, Skoll and Gates Foundation. John’s research in biosurveillance has established the gold standard for digital epidemiology and has been profiled by New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio and the BBC.


Wendy Cross, RN, RPN, MEd, PhD, FACN, FACMHN

Health Service Evaluation and Clinical Practice

Wendy is currently Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions at Federation University Australia. In 2017, she was appointed as a National Mental Health Commissioner in Australia. She has 40 years of experience as a clinician / applied researcher and have published over 100 papers on resilience, evaluation of mental health services, and crisis management in emergencies. She is an external examiner for Johns Hopkins University, USA and the University of Malaya, Malaysia. She has developed clinical best practices and workplace training in public health practice and until recently, worked as a clinician for crisis teams in the emergency department of Monash Health (the largest public health facility in the State of Victoria in Australia, with 40 care locations including major public hospitals and community care hospitals). She also holds professorial appointments with the Oxford Institute for Nursing Midwifery and Allied health Research (OxINMAHR) at Oxford Brookes University, UK; the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Australia; and Torrens University Australia (Laureate Global Universities).