Biology Seminar: Spatial repellent products for control of vector borne diseases


Location: 283 Galvin Life Science

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to present a seminar with Nicole L. Achee, Ph.D., Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Tropical Public Health at the Uniformed Services University.

The seminar, "Spatial repellent products for control of vector borne diseases,” will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m. in 283 Galvin Life Science.

Nicole L. Achee is a Ph.D. Medical Entomologist (Assistant Professor) within the Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Tropical Public Health at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD.  She has a combined 15 years of experience planning, managing, implementing, analyzing and publishing vector behavior research.

Her main research interests are related to the epidemiology and control of arthropod-borne diseases including evaluation of vector ecology, habitat management and adult control strategies, disease risk modeling using GIS and remote sensing technologies and evaluation of chemical actions against mosquito vectors under both laboratory and field conditions. She has worked in the international settings of Belize, Mexico, Peru, Suriname, Indonesia, Nepal, South Korea, Thailand and Tanzania.

Prof. Achee is the principal investigator of a research program funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on the development of spatial repellents as stand-alone tools or use in combination push-pull systems to reduce human-vector contact. She is a consultant for the WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES), is a member of the WHO Global Collaboration for the Development of Pesticides for Public Health partnership and served as the lead scientist for the recent publication of the WHO Guidelines for Efficacy Testing of Spatial Repellents. She is currently preparing for a multicenter intervention trial to generate evidence of the protective efficacy of spatial repellents for prevention of malaria and dengue human infections for use towards full WHO recommendations.

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