"Paul Stamets is a modern example of the amateur scientist from the 17th and 18th century who made wonderful contributions with only their native curiosity and keen sense of observation," explains Eric Rasmussen, a former Navy physician and researcher for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation, who now heads INSTEDD (Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters), a Google-funded nonprofit that develops technology to control disease outbreaks.
I know it has potential," says Rasmussen of INSTEDD. "What I don't know is how it performs in clinical trials.
The International System for Total Early Disease Detection (InStedd
) has been developing a pilot syndromic surveillance system in Southeast Asia through its Mekong Collaboration Program (http:// instedd
.org/mcp; accessed December 16, 2008).