CDC Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in VBD


Our center leverages the expertise across a broad remit of vector biology disciplines to achieve the following objectives:  (1) Conduct an innovative, applied research program to develop novel control interventions and optimize surveillance paradigms that would allow mosquito control associations throughout Florida and the US to better anticipate and respond to vector borne disease (VBD) outbreaks; (2) Establish an integrated research and training network between academic institutions throughout Florida and the Southeast and the local, state, and federal public health agencies to facilitate existing and future efforts in VBD surveillance and control; (3) Expand an effective UF-led training program in basic public health entomology, pathogen diagnostics and advanced molecular vector biology to augment the cohort of personnel who are trained with the requisite knowledge and skills to quickly detect and respond to VBDs, and (4) provide an evidence-based set of recommendations and a tailored template of a “surveillance-response program” to ensure that local mosquito control associations can better predict and address VBD threats in the US. To meet these objectives, we have constructed a CoE Strategic Framework consisting of four Cores: (i) Administrative (Core 1), (ii) Data Management, Biostatistics & Communications (Core 2), (iii) Molecular Arbovirology, Parasitology & Insectary  (Core 3) and (iv) Training & Outreach (Core 4). These Cores support the four program projects described above as well as set the stage for expansion programs into emerging mosquito borne pathogens and malaria transmission studies.
Mosquito Feeding