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A Compelling Future. Center for Vector Biology Next Exit. RANDY GAUGLER Center for Vector Biology. Center Personnel. Who Are We?. Why?. New Jersey: a Sentinel State. Extensive coast line Climatological diversity Major ports of entry. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • 1. Entitlement to Entrepreneurial2. Assume Broader Mission3. Balance between Basic & Applied Research4. Regional to International5. Integrate Surveillance and Research 6. Develop New Alliances and Partnerships in Public Health7. Reinvigorate Old Partnerships

    Transitioning from Good to Great

    1. Entitlement to EntrepreneurialTranslation: Develop New Funding Sources

    Increase and broaden funding support

    MechanismAggressively pursue funding opportunities with emphasis on federal grantsCutting-edge facilities and faculty to be competitive

    Funded Pending_____________Hatch (2) Rutgers Capital Fund SMCC(2) MultimediaII PESP NIHDEP Smith FellowshipUSDA/Multistate NJMCA Fellowship USDA/NE-IPM NSF (2)Busch Biomedical USDA/NE-IPM (3)US-Egypt Tech FundNJAES Equip FundNIH-NIADUSDA-ARS____________________________________________ $6.5 million $4.2 million

    TotalsProposal Activity (past 12 months)Proposals not funded: Multimedia I ($70k), Equine Center ($50k), EPA-STAR ($750k)

    2. Assume Broader Mission

    3. Balance between Basic & Applied Research

    Current Research Activity Exotic arbovirus discovery WNV risk assessment model Tick management Black fly mating systems Insecticide resistance Guide to the Mosquitoes of New Jersey Avian surveillance Trap Studies: NJ light, BGS, resting boxes Sand fly biogeography Malathion residues & larval competition Ae. albopictus suppression Avian sentinels Dina

    4. Integrate Surveillance and Research

    Add international facet

    Mechanism International Grants International Students Presidents Malaria Initiative 5. Regional to International

    MechanismsMasters in Public HealthDistinguished Lecture Series in Vector BiologyMultistate Research ProjectSummit

    6. Develop partnerships and alliances in public health

    CountiesState (NJDHSS)Connecticut Agricultural Experiment StationNew York State Health DepartmentUniversity DelawareUniversity of FloridaBrandeis UniversityRutgersMarine ScienceExtensionCenter for Remote SensingDIMACS CenterUSDA-ARS Gainesville Beltsville

    Bridge Building developing collaboration

    7. Reinvigorate Old Partnerships(our historical base w/ the counties)- Surveys - Research -Surveillance - Training

    Ae. albopictus area-wide IPM (2) Exotic arbovirus discovery (6 counties participating) Undergrad Research Internship Program (3) BGS trap evaluation (3) Sand fly biogeography (13) Birds as WNV sentinels (1) NJ light trap comparison (12 counties) EEE/Parity (1) Special relationship w/ Monmouth CtResearch Partnerships with the Counties - 2007

    Publication Activity - 2007 Shamseldean et al. Immune responses of Anopheles quadrimaculatus. Nematropica 36:243-9. Shamseldean et al. Role of the surface coat of the mosquito parasite Romanomermis culicivorax. Nematology 9:17-24.Bartlett-Healy et al. Phonotaxis in Cx. territans. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. (in press)Reed et al. Selected adaptation of crows to West Nile virus. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases (in press)Kilpatrick et al. Genetic influences on mosquito feeding behavior. Amer. J. Trop. Med Hyg. (in press).Fonseca et al. Population genetics of Culex pipiens pallens. Amer. J. Trop. Med Hyg. (in press).Bartlett-Healy et al. Seasonal and temporal heterogeneity in Cx. territans. J. Med. Entomol. (submitted)Williams et al. Traps & WNV surveillance. JAMCA (submitted)Williges et al. Colonization of Ae. japonicus. JAMCA (submitted) Bartlett-Healy et al. Cx. territans and trypanosomes. (in manuscript)Farajollahi et al. WNV and NJ 2001-06. (in manuscript)

    Improve flow of biologists into counties to promote emphasis on science-based decision making

    MechanismsUndergraduate Research Internship Program

    Develop new avenues for dissemination of information to county biologists

    MechanismsInitiate NJ mosquito biologists quarterly meeting

    Become an international training center for mosquito biology and control

    MechanismsDevelop videoconferencing network capability

    Initiatives Center status22 proposalsMPH in Vector Biology (RU-UMDNJ partnership)Experiential learning Undergraduate Research Internship JB Smith Commemorative StampJB Smith FellowshipDistinguished Lecturer Series in Vector BiologyGolf Tournament Fundraiser Facilities: renovations, new equipment, additional spaceMultistate ProjectTire TaxBridge-building visits to premier labs in NEBiologists meetingNew research projects in mosquitoes, sand flies & bfliesSummitOne new faculty hire

    Cannot realize our goals without additional faculty

    Needs: Virologist? Wetlands Ecologist? Epidemiologist?Criteria for new hires: Sustainable federal funding available

    Able to link with existing centers & departments

    Meets multiple needs



    RG Notes

    Send one pager primer to mod/recordersRossi to train our moderators (8:30 9:15 a.m.) DONEHave Recorders attend same meeting.

    Coffee Breaks purposefully long to promote informal interaction

    G: renaissance, change and the danger of doing same thing same way, multidisciplinary, springboard. Paradigm shiftCreate sense of communityCVB Goals and the five SEBS impact areas!!!!

    Revitalize a program that looks to the future while keeping its feet firmly in its historical strengths with the counties

    G morning & welcome to Summit for VB. RG, DCVB. Before we open the program, Id like to review the days work. Today is a coming-out party of sorts for C, but is also something >import: chance to get your ideas & feedback in visioning process for C. Timing for this is ideal as were only been on this road for a yr so can change direction like a corvette rather an ocean liner.What are we trying to accomplish, what are our goals? We hope you can help us identify untapped opportunities, help us understand how best to deliver our research and outreach products, help recommend new directions for the Center, and help ID new partners. At the same time, hoping youll be doing some vigorous networking -- at lunch, dont sit with your buds, sit w/ someone you dont know. Breaks are generous cuz we want to encourage networking.The am session consists of speakers who will provide you w/ some perspective on program, past & present. Light lunch be accompanied by a light talk by Prof Gordon. This is all fodder for the pm when we will form into breakout groups after lunch. Each nametag has a color code corresponding to one of four breakouts: Yellow (lead by Greg Williams) will meet rm. Blue (xxx) rm. Red (xxx) rm. Green (xxx) rm.Your brkout leader will assist you in working through some tasks weve assigned that are designed to focus the discussion. Your job is to blue sky: what could the CVB look like in a perfect world w/ all stars aligned?? At 4 pm well reassemble here for reports from each group. And hopefully a direction or even a roadmap for the Center.

    Who sched me to speak after Gordon?! Gordon talked about where we have been; I will speak to where were going! The challenge is a balancing act of revitalizing a program that looks to the future, while keeping its feet firmly in its historical strengths, in those things that make the program unique. Certain you have a lot of ques, so lets get started with em.

    Let me introd you toWho are we? Profs, staff, students, postdocs. Some fac members retired but still contributing, some are members of Ct MC agencies, some have exten appointments, some R/T app.Represent great wealth of scientific expertise to draw on ranging from tox to ecol to mol biol to parasitol to genetics to proteomics.The Center will continue to grow, not only in #s but in expertise.And, yes, that photo of me is 12 yrs old but Im never looking that good again so see no need for any further photos, thats my obit photo!

    Mosq program muddled along just fine for >100 yrs w/o Center, so why now?Mostly cuz new landscape now, and new opportunities. Center status underlines a new reality that infectious diseases that once threatened only remote trop inhabitants are now spreading everywhere, fueled by intern travel.

    NJ possesses a unique vulner to these new diseases cuz.. The states extensive coast line, climatological diversity (5 distinct climatic zones), and esp. its major ports of entry at Newark, and the nearby ports at Philly & NY for international travelers and immigrants make it a sentinel state. NJ has experienced waves of new ivector borne pathogens sweep through the state at regular intervals.

    In the 59 it was EEE, which killed dozens of state residents and debilitated many more.

    In 64 & 75, there were outbreaks of mosquito-borne St. Louis encephalitis in NJ In the 1980s, it was Lyme Disease: still the most reported v-borne disease in the country.And in 1999, WN exploded, resulting in the largest outbreak of vector-borne encephalitis in the history of the W. Hemisphere.NJ will continue experiencing emerg vector-born diseases. And a key reason things will accelerate is that we have some nasty vector spp. that have recently become estab.Consider one, the ATM, (others, eg japonicus). Entered US in 1985 and swept across 30 states including NJ.Listed among the 100 Most Invasive spp. in world!The 2001 dengue outbreak in Hawaii, w/ 95 infections, demonstrated this sp. potential to transmit disease in U.S. via imported cases. From 1986 to 2000, 500 confirmed dengue cases were imported into the U.S., most into areas of where albopictus is endemic. Responsible for a epid of chik, in Indian Ocean in 2005 that resulted in quarter-million cases. Then spread to India where 1.2 million cases were reported. Last month chik spread to Europe where ATM had become est just a few yrs previously!! In U.S. >dozen states have already had travelers enter w/ the disea