WGCVBD May 2018 Reporting Session


Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases

The 2nd Annual Reporting Session for the Western Gulf Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases was held May 16-17, 2018, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco, Texas. The meeting agenda is below.


WGCVBD 2nd Annual Reporting Session
May 16 - 17, 2018Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension CenterWeslaco, TexasAGENDA

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - Scientific Reporting Session
8:00Java, pastries, informal discussion, meet and greet
8:30Moderator: Dr. David Ragsdale, Department Head and Professor, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Welcome to the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Dr. Juan Landivar, Director

Vector-borne Disease Research, Agency Perspective, Dr. Craig Nessler, Director, AgriLife Research
8:50Goals for the 2nd Annual Reporting Session of the WGCVBD, Dr. Scott Weaver, Project Director and John Sealy Distinguished University Chair in Human Infections and Immunity, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UTMB
9:00Subgroup 1 of 4: Mosquito Surveillance and Control, Subgroup Leaders: Drs. Chris Vitek and Gabe Hamer (Presenters: Bold) (Part 1 of 2)
9:10Research Project 7. Investigators: K. Myles, Z. Adelman, B. Hur, M. Lawley, M. Erraguntla
Predictive Models for the Spread of Mosquito-borne Diseases in Temperate Climates
9:30Research Project 8. Investigators: G. Hughes, S. Weaver, M. Debboun
Symbiotic Bacterial Delivery of RNA Interference to Mosquitoes to Inhibit Diverse Arbovirus Transmission
9:50Subgroup 2 of 4: Diagnostics, Subgroup Leaders: Bruno Travi and Richard Willson
10:00Research Project 4. Investigators: B. Travi, P. Aguilar, P. Melby, A. Castellanos, B. Bolling
Rapid Point of Care Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests for Emerging Diseases
10:20Break and Poster Session with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
11:00Research Project 5. Investigators: P. Shi, S. Weaver, G. Kubin.
Innovative, High‐Throughput Multiplex Neutralization Assay for Arbovirus Diagnosis
11:20Research Project 6. Investigators: J. McBride, R. Willson, D. Walker, J. Schmitz
Ultrasensitive Antibody and Antigen Detection for Human Ehrlichiosis
11:40Subgroup 2 - Wrap up; Next steps
11:50Lunch
1:00Moderator: Dr. Scott Weaver - Subgroup 1 (part 2 of 2) Surveillance and Control (continued)
Chris Vitek and Gabe Hamer and Public Health Partners
1:10Chris Vitek, J. Thomas, J. Garcia, and H. Hernandez
Vector Surveillance and Response in the Rio Grande Valley
1:30Research Project 1. Investigators: P. Pietrantonio, M. Slotman, and M. Debboun
Impact of Vector Control on Mosquito Populations: (A.) Insecticide Resistance Management (IRM) and (B.) Impact on Population Size
1:50Mustapha Debboun
Harris County Challenges in 2017 with a Focus on the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Floodwater Mosquito Control
2:10Research Project 2. Investigators: G. Hamer, S. Weaver, K. Dickinson, L. Meyers, I. Badillo‐Vargas, R. Bueno, W. Qualls, M. Debboun, C. Vitek, J. Thomas
Evaluation of Vector Interventions
2:30Break
2:45Subgroup 3: Tick‐Borne Disease Surveillance and Control, Subgroup Leaders: P. Teel, S. Thangamani
2:50Research Project 3. Investigators: S. Thangamani, D. Bouyer, L. Blanton, B. Travi, P. Melby, D. Walker, P. Teel, D. Watts, A. Perez de Leon, Waldrup
Surveillance for Ticks and Tick‐Borne Pathogens
3:10Subgroup 4: Education and Outreach, Subgroup Leaders: Sonja Swiger and Craig Coates
3:30Practitioner Training – Summary and Highlights 2017/2018, S. Swiger
3:50Graduate Certificate Program in Vector-Borne Diseases, C. Coates and P. Teel
4:10Subgroup 4 - Wrap up; Education and Outreach
4:30Conclusion of Day 1 / Outline of Day 2
Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Keynote Speaker & Legislative Updates
7:30Java, pastries, individual discussions, meet and greet
8:15Welcome. Dr. David Ragsdale, Professor and Head, Dept. of Entomology, Texas A&M.

Introduction of Drs. Stover and Ballabina by Dr. Craig Nessler, Director, AgriLife Research

Dr. Patrick Stover, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,
Texas A&M University, and Dr. Susan Ballabina, Deputy Vice Chancellor, College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences. Opening remarks.
8:30Public Health Partners. Moderator: Dr. Ron Tyler, DSHS Region 11 Zoonosis Control Veterinarian.

Dr. Ron Tyler, DSHS Region 11 Zoonosis Control Veterinarian
Review of Arbovirus Surveillance in South Texas for the past 5 years
8:50Introduction of special guests by Dr. Juan Landivar
9:00Hidalgo County – Steven Hinojosa, Lead Epidemiologist, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services
Overview of 2017 Vector-Borne Diseases
9:15Cameron County – Gus Olivares or others
Complex Binational Arbovirus Case Investigations & Responses
9:30City of Laredo – Dr. Waldo Lopez, Assistant Director, or Dr. Hector Gonzalez, Director, City of Laredo Health Department
9:45City of McAllen – Steven Kotsatos and Aaron Salazar
Overview of Vector Control in 2017 in McAllen
10:00City of Harlingen – Josh Ramirez
Overview of vector control in 2017 in Harlingen
10:15Nueces‐Corpus Christi – Ms. Annette Rodriguez, Director, Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District, or Dr. Dante Gonzalez
10:30Dr. Whitney Qualls, DSHS Medical Entomologist
Aedes Surveillance Project: Future Plans, and How the Data Will be Used from the Various Projects
10:45Break / Demonstration of Mosquito Trapping and Testing
11:30Q&A - Legislative Update Regarding the WGCVBD
12:00Lunch / Informal Discussion with Partner Agencies
1:15KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Dr. Janet McAllister, CDC Fort Collins
Mosquito Control Activities During Local Transmission of Zika Virus in Miami-Dade County, Florida, in 2016
1:45Breakout Session with AgriLife Research Administration to discuss center activities with legislators
2:00Update and Perspectives from CDC, Fort Collins Centers of Excellence Meeting: Dr. John Paul Mutebi
2:15Open discussion on needs of the mosquito abatement programs and assistance the Center can provide, and input from DSHS and CDC
3:00Wrap up and next steps. S. Weaver and D. Ragsdale
Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center
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