Welcome to the Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (SECVBD)!
Our team consists of research- and physician-scientists who specialize in the study of vector-borne diseases. Our goal is to work as a multidisciplinary team with key public health stakeholders in the region in the search of new knowledge and strategies to detect, prevent, and control vector-borne diseases in the Southeastern U.S. and Caribbean.
The SECVBD was established in the aftermath of the Zika epidemic in the U.S. in December 2016, and over the past five years has successfully augmented the community of practice for public health entomology through a rigorous, diverse, and inclusive training program, developed new tools to break insecticide resistance and monitor vector-borne disease risk, as well as rapidly support arbovirus outbreak responses.
In this second iteration of the SECVBD, the center is led jointly by the University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Florida International University, University of Miami, Old Dominion University, Ponce Health Sciences University, and the University of Florida alongside leaders of state public health and vector control agencies in our region.
We invite you to explore our program as we pivot to expand the applied research and training program of the SECVBD to tackle emerging vector-borne diseases.