Our Mission

Source: CDC
Source: CDC
The NEVBD has three overarching goals:

  1. Conduct applied research to develop and validate effective vector-borne disease prevention and control tools and methods necessary to anticipate and respond to disease outbreaks
  2. Train a cadre public health entomologists with the knowledge and skills required to rapidly detect, prevent and respond to vector-borne disease threats in the United States
  3. Build effective collaborations between academic communities and public health organizations at federal, state, and local levels for vector-borne disease surveillance, response and prevention
Meet Our Collaborative Team
Read the 2018 NEVBD Annual Meeting Report

Partner and Affiliated Institutions

  • Department of Entomology, Cornell University

  • New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
  • New York State Integrated Pest Management, Cornell University
  • Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases, Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station
  • School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany
  • Calder Center, Fordham University
  • Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology,                               Columbia University
  • International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI),
       The Earth Institute, Columbia University

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • New York State Department of Health
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health
Learn More about our Partners

New partners join the NEVBD on an on-going basis, so be sure to check back often to see our growing list of collaborating insitutions and people.

Structure of Our Network

The Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases utilizes a three-pronged approach to addressing vector-borne diseases in our region. We bring together public health organizations at the local, state, and federal level, and academic communities to collaborate on pressing vector-borne disease concerns.

  • Collaborators working in public health bring expertise in mosquito and tick surveillance, prevention, and control, and are well poised to effectively engage with our communities
  • Academic researchers will focus on key factors of vector biology, including the impact of climate and weather on tick and mosquito overwintering, insecticide resistance monitoring, and the ability of different tick and mosquito species to acquire and transmit disease
  • Center partners will also develop and offer a variety of training programs. These include formal academic training programs for medical entomologists, as well continuing education for professionals working in public health, environmental health, and medicine.

These combined efforts will ensure that the next cadre of medical entomologists and public health practitioners are well prepared to address current and future vector-borne disease challenges, and will provide valuable insight into effective prevention and control tools that can be used to combat diseases carried by ticks and mosquitoes in the Northeast USA.

The end goal of this work is to improve the lives of those living in our communities through the prevention of exposure to ticks and mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.