Velasco John Mark
Velasco John Mark
AFPMC-AFRIMS Collaborative Laboratory Ground floor, V Luna General Hospital, V Luna Road Quezon City
Quezon, Philippines
YPL Nomination 2016
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, DTM&H, Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (merit), 2015-2015; 
University of London, MSc, Clinical Trials, 2010-2013 ;
University of London (LSHTM), PgDip, Clinical Trials, 2010-2011; 
University of Iowa, USA, Certificate, Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology, 2009-2010; 
University of the Philippines, Masters, Public Health, 2007-2010; 
University of the Philippines, MD, Doctor of Medicine, 1999-2004; 
University of the Philippines, BS, Biology (cum laude), 1995-1999.
Philippine Advanced Biorisk Officer Training 2.0 (Q1-Q4) conducted by UP Manila Institutional Biosafety Committee, Philippine Biosafety and Biosecurity Association Inc and US Biosecurity Engagement Programme (2013 – 2014)
Certified IATA shipper (class 6.2), Transportation Workshop given by International Biological Threat Reduction and Sandia National Laboratories, 31 May 2016, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Vaccine Trials: Methods and Best Practices, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Coursera, October – December 2012. 
International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), Tufts University School of Medicine, and 
Tufts Health Care Institute: An Introduction to Syndromic Surveillance for Clinicians and Public Health Practitioners. Nov 2011. 
US FDA Office of Orphan Products Development and US NIH Office of Rare Diseases 
Research Science of Small Clinical Trials Course, February – March 2010 
International Vaccine Institute Advanced Course on Vaccinology in Asia-Pacific Regions, May 2007.

Public Health, Epidemiology, Clinical Trials

Regional Clinical Investigator April 2015-present
Department of Virology (USAMD-AFRIMS) 
Responsibilities include: 
- oversee and provide support for Department of Virology and Enterics, USAMD-AFRIMS research projects and project implementation activities across the Asian Region
- facilitation of inter-agency communication and good working relationships with national agencies and international collaborators within the region
- serves as the AFRIMS liaison officer for the US embassy and USAID 
- principal investigator and co-investigator of several research projects implemented in the Asian region 
- develop protocols for submission and funding
- serve as biosafety officer of the AFPMC-AFRIMS collaborative molecular laboratory.
  • John Mark Velasco received his Bachelor of Science in Biology, Doctor of Medicine, Masters of Public Health from the  University of the Philippines, holds an MSc in Clinical Trials from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of London, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and a graduate certificate in Emerging Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of Iowa.
  • He is the regional clinical investigator of the USAMD-AFRIMS Department of Virology, serves as Vice-Chair of the Medical Sciences Division of the National Research Council of the Philippines, Vice-President of the Biological Risk Association of the Philippines and sits in the Philippines National Institutes of Health – Food and Drug Administration expert panel which reviews clinical trials for implementation in the Philippines.
  • In 2014, he was selected as an Outstanding Young Scientist by the National Academy of Science and Technology for his contributions to public health and recognized as one of  “The Outstanding Young Men” (TOYM) Philippines in the same year for medical science and public health. His diverse research interests encompass various disciplines including virology, parasitology, bacteriology with focus on emerging antibitoic resistance, epidemiology of emerging and re-emerging diseases, electronic disease surveillance, and clinical trials.
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