Michael J Cook, was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2009 after retiring from a career in the semiconductor industry, leading teams in research and production engineering. With a BSc in Physics and Mathematics, he has applied his analytical skills to investigate many aspects of the disease. Since 2015, he has published papers on the inaccuracy of stated tick attachment times and the unreliability of commercial Lyme testing. He has presented his work at Lyme conferences in Paris and Boston as well as to the members of the House of Commons, medical and local government, environmental and health agencies.
He works as an advocate for Lyme patients and carried out the technical investigation of a UK Lyme Reference Laboratory, which was closed down. He is a trustee of the Vis-a-Vis Symposium charity which brings experts from around the world to speak to UK medical professionals, and continues to work on various aspects of Lyme disease and participating with patients, support groups, UK medical organisations and government agencies and committees.