WGCVBD June 2019 Annual Progress Meeting

Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases

The 2019 Annual Progress Meeting for the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases took place June 20 and 21 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. The agenda, complete with links to many of the presentations in PDF form, is below.

WGCVBD Annual Progress Meeting
June 20-21, 2019University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburg, TexasAGENDA

Thursday, June 20, 2019
7:45-8:40Breakfast (sponsored by UTRGV Center for Vector-Borne Diseases)
8:40-9Introductions and Welcome
Dr. Janna Arney, UTRGV Deputy President
Mr. Jeff Borchert, CDC Liaison for the Centers of Excellence
9-9:15Overview of Year 2 [PDF]
Dr. Scott Weaver
9:15-10:35Research Project Updates (15-minute talks)
Project 1 - Dr. Patricia Pietrantonio, Ms. Xinyue Huang [PDF]
Project 2 - Dr. Gabe Hamer [PDF]
Project 3 - Dr. Donald Bouyer [PDF]
Project 4 - Dr. Thomas Shelite
10:35-11Coffee Break (sponsored by UTRGV Biology Department)
11-12:20Research Project Updates (15-minute talks)
Project 5 - Dr. Scott Weaver [PDF]
Project 6 - Dr. Jere McBride [PDF]
Project 7 - Dr. Zach Adelman
Project 9 - Dr. Donald Bouyer [PDF]
12:20-1:45Lunch (sponsored by UTRGV College of Science)
1:45-2:15Keynote Address by Dr. Christopher Paddock, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
"The Evolving Mosaic of Tick-borne Rickettsioses in Western North America" [PDF]
2:15-2:45Education Updates [PDF]
Dr. Pete Teel - Certificate programs and education efforts
Dr. Craig Coates - OneHealth Course
3:15-4:15Student Career Symposium
Public Health/Government - Dr. Ken Linthicum, Mr. Jeff Borchert
Academia/Research - Dr. Chris Vitek, Dr. Sonja Swiger
Public Health - Dr. Steve Hinojosa, Dr. Bethany Bolling
Q&A for Students
Tour of BSL3, Animal Facilities (Ms. Cordelia Rasa)
Tour of New Science Building (Dr. John Thomas)
Tour of School of Medicine (Dr. Jay Morrow)
Tour of HCHD (Dr. Steven Hinojosa)
Friday, June 21, 2019
7:45-8:30Breakfast (sponsored by UTRGV Center for Vector-Borne Diseases)
8:30-8:45Introductions and Welcome
Dr. Jay Morrow, UTRGV School of Medicine
8:45-9:15South Texas Surveillance
Dr. John Thomas - Disease surveillance efforts and results [PDF]
Dr. Chris Vitek - Insecticide resistance monitoring updates and results [PDF]
9-9:30Training and Outreach
Dr. Sonja Swiger - practitioner training [PDF]
9:30-10:40County/City Public Health Partners Update
History of Vector-Borne Diseases in South Texas [PDF], Dr. Ron Tyler
Hidalgo County [PDF], Dr. Steven Hinojosa and Mr. Martin Ramirez
Cameron County [PDF], Ms. Raquel Castillo and Mr. Gustavo Olivares
City of Laredo [PDF], Ms. Amelia Solis and Mr. Samuel Gonzalez
Corpus Christi-Nueces County [PDF], Dr. Moriam Ojelade
10:40-11Coffee Break (sponsored by the WGCVBD)
11-12:30County/City Public Health Partners Update (continued)
City of McAllen, Mr. Cesar Rodriguez
City of Harlingen [PDF], Mr. Josh Ramirez and Dr. Jose Estrada
City of Brownsville [PDF], Mr. Henry Presas
Harris County [PDF], Dr. Mustapha Debboun
Texas DSHS Overview - State Summary [PDF], Dr. Whitney Qualls
Texas DSHS Overview - Diagnostic Testing [PDF], Dr. Bethany Bolling
12:30-1:45Lunch (sponsored by UTRGV Executive VP of Research)
1:45-2:15Open Discussion and Q&A with Public Health Partners
- Current public health needs in Western Gulf region
- Collaboration opportunities between WGCVBD and partners
- Future concerns in Texas/Western Gulf region
2:15-2:30Meeting Wrap Up & Future Directions
Dr. Scott Weaver

University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley