The Four Pillar Universities of the Gateway Program

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This is a unified, flagship program from the State of Florida, led by the University of Florida, Florida International University, the University of Miami and the University of South Florida to establish a Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Disease (VBD) in the Southeastern US, with the following objectives: (1) develop novel control interventions and discover insecticide-resistance-breaking compounds; (2) expand  the level of inter-institute/inter-agency coordination and partnership in the exchange of research and operational information in the Southeast; (3) establish a comprehensive, four-tiered training program for public health entomologists and students throughout the Southeast, and (4) provide an evidence-based set of recommendations for a locally-tailored surveillance-response program in the form of a decision-making tool.  Achieving these goals would effectively lay down the integrated framework and template for a long-standing regional center geared towards the effective control and prevention of vector borne disease threats in the US.

(Clockwise): UF, FIU, UM and USF