WGCVBD June 2017 Conference


Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases

The Kickoff Meeting for the Western Gulf Center for Vector-Borne Diseases was held June 20-21, 2017, at UTMB Health in Galveston, Texas. The agenda, complete with links to many of the presentations in PDF form, is below.

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WGCVBD Kickoff Meeting
June 20-21, 2017Galveston National LaboratoryUniversity of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health)Galveston, TexasAGENDA

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
2:30-2:45Scott Weaver - Introductions
2:45-3:00John Paul Mutebi, CDC, Ft. Collins (Center Liaison) [PDF]
3:00-3:15Bethany Bolling, Texas Dept. of State Health Services [PDF]
3:15-3:30Chris Fredregill, Harris County Public Health
3:30-3:45Chris Vitek, Overview of Rio Grande Valley [PDF]
3:45-4:00Eduardo Olivarez, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services [PDF]
4:00-4:15Gustavo Olivares, Cameron County Dept. of Health and Human Services [PDF]
4:15-4:25Break
4:25-4:35Arturo Rodriguez, Brownsville Public Health [PDF]
4:35-4:45Aaron Salazar, McAllen Vector Control [PDF]
4:45-5:00Sharon Stonum, Galveston County Public Health [PDF]
5:00-6:00Keynote Address by Phil Lounibos, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Vero Beach
"A Worldview of Invasive Aedes Vectors" [PDF]
6:30-9:30Networking, Cocktails & Dinner at Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
8:00-9:00Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:25"Overview and Update on Mosquito-borne Arboviral Diseases in the Gulf Region" [PDF]
Aaron Brault, CDC, Ft. Collins (Center Liaison)
9:25-9:50"Overview and Update on Tick-borne Diseases in the Gulf Region" [PDF]
David Walker, UTMB
9:50-10:00Break
10:00-10:20Research Project 1: "Impact of Insecticide Resistance on Vector Control"
Patricia Pietrantonio [PDF] and Michel Slotman [PDF]
10:20-10:40Research Project 2: "Evaluation of Vector Interventions" [PDF]
Rudy Bueno and Estelle Martin
10:40-11:00Research Project 3: "Surveillance for Ticks and Tick-borne Pathogens" [PDF]
Sarvanan Thangamani
11:00-11:20Research Project 4: "Rapid Point of Care Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests for Emerging Arboviruses" [PDF]
Bruno Travi
11:20-11:40Research Project 5: "Innovative, High-throughput Multiplex Neutralization Assay for Arbovirus Diagnosis"
Pei-Yong Shi
11:40-12:00Research Project 6: "Ultrasensitive Antibody and Antigen Detection for Human Ehrlichiosis" [PDF]
Richard Wilson
12:00-1:00Lunch & Brief Tours of the Galveston National Laboratory
1:00-1:20Research Project 7: "Predictive Models for the Spread of Mosquito-borne Diseases in Temperate Climates" [PDF]
Byul Hur and Madhav Erraguntla
1:20-1:40Research Project 8: "Symbiotic Bacterial Delivery of RNA Interference to Mosquitoes to Inhibit Diverse Arbovirus Transmission"
Grant Hughes [PDF]
1:40-2:05Education [PDF], Pete Teel
2:05-2:30Outreach [PDF], Sonja Swiger
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:00Discussion of synergistic opportunities among center components and participants, including participation and advice of CDC liaisons and External Advisory Committee members (Durland Fish, Ken Lithicum, Dawn Wesson)
4:00Adjournment
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