Vector Biology Boot Camp

The NEVBD is pleased to announce our first annual Vector Biology Boot Camp!​​

When: May 22 to 24, 2018
Where: Louis Calder Center in Armonk, NY.

The application window for the 2018 Vector Biology Boot Camp has closed.

Program Agenda
  • Our goal  is to provide vector-borne disease professionals with a  hands-on educational experience covering the latest methods for field collection and identification of medically important ticks and mosquitoes in our Northeast region.

  • In addition, participants will learn essentials of implementing and maintaining a vector surveillance program, key considerations for vector control, and best practices for data use and risk communication.  

  • Participants also will have the opportunity to engage with colleagues and counterparts from the across the region as well as regional vector borne disease experts.

Vector Biology Boot Camp Learning Modules​​

Review of arthropod biology and behavior; major regional diseases and emerging threats; and key components of a vector surveillance program.  
Hands-on exercises in monitoring and collecting ticks and mosquitoes. Review of best practices for processing field samples and how they are subsequently tested for pathogens.
Hands-on exercises in the use of taxonomic keys for tick and mosquito identification.
Review of current vector control strategies for ticks and mosquitoes in the Northeast.
Overview of best practices for data entry and management; use of data to understand trends and inform program strategies; and best practices for displaying data to stakeholders.

Vector Biology Boot Camp Learning Outcomes​​

After attending and completing the 2018 NEVBD Vector Biology Boot Camp, students should be able to:
  1.  Describe mosquito and tick biology and disease transmission, as well as recognize existing and emerging vector-borne disease threats to the Northeastern United States
  2. Describe and recognize arthropod morphology and taxonomy, demonstrate how to work with taxonomic keys for the Northeast region, and explain the challenges and limitations for identification
  3. Characterize the equipment and resources needed to establish a surveillance program
  4. Define a range of collection methods for relevant arthropod vectors
  5. Provide a general explanation of how relevant mosquito and tick testing is performed
  6. Identify best practices for data collection, recording and management, and describe strategies for quality control of data
  7. Provide a general explanation of how vector surveillance data is gathered and used broadly for decision making regarding human risk for vector-borne diseases. This includes approaches to community engagement, control decision making, and modeling human risk.
  8. Describe best practices for public health messaging
  9. Recognize and be able to access the available resources for continued learning and assistance
Source: US Armed Forces

Master of Science in Entomology Program
at Cornell University

The Northeast Regional Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases together with Cornell’s Department of Entomology are excited to announce a new Master of Science in Entomology: Vector-Borne Disease Biology graduate program. This interdisciplinary master’s program will fall under the Medical and Veterinary Entomology Concentration, combining courses offered through entomology, public health, and veterinary medicine units at Cornell University.

Graduates in the program can expect to interact with medical entomologists, virologists, epidemiologists, field ecologists, modelers, and molecular biologists not only at Cornell, but also at leading academic, state government, and public health institutions in the Northeast through our collaborative Center for Excellence, including Columbia University, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station and the New York State Department of Health.

Click here to learn more about the MS in Entomology program.

NEVBD Investigations on Vector-Borne Disease & Public Health Training

NEVBD Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance & Control Training Needs Assessment

The Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases has a targeted goal to support efforts to train current and future public health entomologists, as well as provide opportunities for professional development to individuals working in the surveillance and control of vectors and the diseases they carry.

The NEVBD conducted a needs assessment in Summer 2017 to inform the development of these training programs. Our needs assessment was completed by representatives from West Virginia to Maine working in public health, environmental science, vector control, research, and medicine. Click to link below to access the full report of our findings.