The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Southeast Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease (SECVBD) was established at the University of Florida in 2016. The SECVBD is a collaborative effort supported by key partners across the region. The center has been renewed for another five years which will continue the critical work performed by partner institutions.

Entomologist John Beier, Sc.D., a professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences, leads the South Florida effort in collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division.

Dr. John Beier, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Department of Public Health Sciences

“The grant has allowed us to collaborate with the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control Division, where we have published more than 20 papers on mosquitoes and their surveillance and control,” says Dr. Beier. Over the next five years, the SECVBD will increase research, education, and novel interventions to prevent, protect, and respond to VBD health threats. Read more about Dr. Beier and his team’s critical role in the SECVBD here.