Biology of Vector-borne Diseases course
The Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem hosts the annual Biology of Vector-borne Diseases six-day course. This course provides accessible, condensed training and "knowledge networking" for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and professionals to ensure competency in basic biology, current trends and developments, and practical knowledge for U.S. and global vector-borne diseases of plants, animals and humans. We seek to train the next generation of scientists and help working professionals to more effectively address current and emerging threats with holistic approaches and a strong network of collaborators and mentors.
The course is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens to highlight parallels and key distinctions in biology across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases. This course sets an example of new vision, through leadership of the Institute for Health in the Human Ecosystem, to create an enduring community of participants and instructors to expand the impact and sustainability of these approaches.
The sixth annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, June 10-15, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and invited to register for the course. The course registration fee includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.
In the course, we are attempting to break down silos, to move people away from focusing on individual organisms, individual temporal and spatial scales of study and individual pathosystems, to seeing connections and parallels among all of these.
This occurs at many levels in vector-borne diseases. For example, hosts and vectors are subject to processes analogous to decision-making, researchers and practitioners are subjected to decision-making that is often constrained by the pathosystem of study and goals for management (e.g., pertaining to agriculture vs public health) and by the diagnostic tools available or selected.
We want to create a “knowledge network” of researchers, trainees, and practitioners who look at plant, animal, and human vector-borne diseases more holistically. This is also a concept that we will solidify with talks that illustrate networks of biology across multiple scales in example vector-borne disease pathosystems.
We can talk about host-vector communication, host-pathogen communication, communication among participants and instructors, communication among scientists, stakeholders and the public, and, perhaps most importantly, scientific communication across pathosystems that is enabled by breaking down barriers in vocabulary.
Vector-borne disease pathosystems are incredibly dynamic and we seek to facilitate new ways of thinking about important distinctions, biological parallels and ecosystem drivers across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases. This will enable a new generation of thinkers to respond more effectively to emergent, dynamic, complex phenomena with innovative and sustainable solutions.
- Corey Campbell — Colorado State University
- Gitta Coaker — University of California-Davis
- Sanford Eigenbrode — University of Idaho
- Pilar Fernandez — Washington State University
- Alan Goodman — Washington State University
- Scott Harper — Washington State University, Clean Plant Center Northwest
- Luc Leblanc — University of Idaho
- Ed Lewis — University of Idaho
- Shirley Luckhart — University of Idaho
- Anthony Mabele — Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
- Christie Mayo — Colorado State University
- Chris Mclntosh — University of Idaho
- Raul Medina — Texas A&M University
- Edward Okoth Abworo — International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya
- Jane Polston — University of Florida
- Ann Powers — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins
- Michael Riehle — University of Arizona
- Michael Robert — Virginia Tech
- Marilyn Roossinck — Pennsylvania State University
- Glen Scoles — USDA/ARS
- Glen Stevens — University of Idaho
- Samuel Soubeyrand — French National Research Institute for Agriculture Food and Environment (INRAE)
- Jon Towner — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Erik Wenninger — University of Idaho
U.S. National Science Foundation Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (NSF EEID) 2023 scholarships
- Dario Barona (Ecuaquimica, Quito, Ecuador)
- Haswell Dabolachepa (Agricultural Research Services, Chitedze Agricultural Research Station, Malawi)
- Ian Daniel (Texas A&M University)
- Nicholas Ato Egyir (AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control, Obuasi, Ghana)
- Nicole Foley (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado)
- Nataly Franco (International Potato Center, Lima, Peru)
- Juliana García (National Agricultural Health Service-SENASA, Lima, Peru)
- Maria Gil (Biodiversity and Biotechnology Research Institute, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- Ramkumar Govindaraju (University of Georgia)
- Marlene Kliger (San Martin National University, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
- Emma Spencer (University of Idaho)
- Patrick Tschida (Walden University College Health Sciences, Minnesota)
- Chenangnon Tovissode (University of Idaho)
- Applications accepted starting Oct. 1
- Dec. 31 — Deadline to be considered for scholarship
- Feb. 15 — Announcement of scholarship recipients
- March 15 — Final application deadline
MissionCreate a knowledge network for a diverse and growing community of practitioners who transforms science, and develop interventions across plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases. VisionStimulate and enhance innovative research, collaborations, teaching and outreach in plant, animal and human vector-borne diseases through a cutting-edge and interactive annual course delivered by a core community of leading scientists.