Tentative scientific program






Molecular Strategies for the Control/Eradication of Mosquitoborne Diseases

  • Chair:Greg Lanzaro, University of California, Davis
  • Co-chair: Andrea Crisanti, Imperial College London



1. Role of population modification in the malaria eradication agenda

Anthony JamesUniversity of California, Irvine

2. Modified mosquitoes for malaria control – requirements for success, and a step-wise approach for getting there

Austin BurtImperial College London

3. A gene drive system to spread extreme male bias in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae

Andrew HammondImperial College London

4. Applications of gene-drive technology to vector control

Ethan BierUniversity of California, San Diego

5. Designing field trials for the evaluation of genetically engineered malaria vectors

Greg LanzaroUniversity of California, Davis

6. Exploiting gene drive technology for population suppression in the human malaria vector Anopheles gambiae

Andrea Crisanti, Imperial College London



Old Diseases, New Diseases, and New Technologies

  • Chair: C. Ben Beard, CDC, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases
  • Co-chair: Paulo Pimenta, Centro de Pesquisas René Rachou, FIOCRUZ



1. An update on the status of Aedes aegypti transmitted viral pathogens in the Americas

Ben BeardCDC - Division of Vector-Borne Diseases

2. Vector competence and viral interference in Brazilian Aedes aegypti mosquitoes co-infected with Dengue and Zika viruses: Potential of simultaneous delivery by single bite

Paulo PimentaCentro de Pesquisas René Rachou, FIOCRUZ

3. Wolbachia for reducing populations of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

Stephen DobsonUniversity of Kentucky

4. Self-limiting genetic approach for controlling Aedes vectors of dengue and Zika

Simon WarnerOxitec

5. More recent outbreaks of Arboviruses in wildlife and humans in South Africa

Anton CornelUniversity of California, Davis



Role of Arthropod Vector Salvia in the Transmission of Human Pathogens

  • Chair: Nathalie Boulanger, Strasbourg University, France
  • Co-chair: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA



1. The skin as delivery site for trypanosomes and tsetse salivary factors

Guy Caljon, University of Antwerp, Belgium

2. Tick cement proteins as vaccine candidates: effects on transmisison of TBEV and Borrelia afzelii

Maria Kazimirova, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia

3. Immune response against sand fly salivary proteins as epidemiological tools in human and animal leishmaniasis

Aldina Maria Prado Barral, Fiocruz, Brazil

4. Aedes aegypti saliva modulates West Nile virus replication and innate immunity in human primary keratinocytes

Nicolas Leveque, University of Poitiers, France



Focus on Sand flies –Saliva, microbiome and vector competence

  • Co-chair: Fabiano Oliveira, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Maryland, USA
  • Co-chair: Petr Volff, Department of Parasitology (PF), Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic



1. Recombinant salivary proteins as markers of host exposure to sand flies

Tatiana Spitzova (Kostalova), Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.

2. The influence of midgut microbiota of the sand fly vector on the development and virulence of Leishmania infantum

Mary E. Wilson, Departments of Internal Medicine and Microbiology, University of Iowa and the Iowa City Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center

3. Priming with a salivary protein from visceral leishmaniasis vector enhances antigenicity of parasite antigens in the context of vaccination

Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva, Parasite Disease group, Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S), Universidade do Porto; IBMC - Instituto de Biologia Celular e Molecular, Universidade do Porto; Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal

4. Lutzomyia longipalpis vectorial competence to different species of Leishmania

Nagila F. Secundino, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation – FIOCRUZ - Minas; CPqRR

5. Sand fly salivary proteins drive neutrophil recruitment and exacerbate Leishmania infection

Fabiano Oliveira, Vector Molecular Biology Section, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH, Rockville, MD,  USA



Taxonomy and phylogeny of mosquitoes

  • Co-chairFrancis Schaffner, Francis Schaffner Consultancy & University of Zurich
  • Co-chair:Yvonne-Marie Linton, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, Smithsonian Institution



1. From specimen identification to species and higher taxa: the quadrature of the circle illustrated in mosquito taxonomy

Vincent Robert, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

2. Stabilizing Aedini: how, why and whats next?

Richard C. Wilkerson, Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit & National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

3. A genomic approach to understand diversity in Aedes aegypti

Andrea Gloria-Soria, Yale University

4. From morphospecies to populations - The rise and fall of typological thinking in vector analysis and control

Carlos Costantini, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement



Global research on Culicoides bioecology and control

  • Chair: Dr. Miguel Ángel Miranda, Laboratory of Zoology. University of the Balearics Islands. Spain
  • Co-chair: Dr. Alec C. Gerry, University of Riverside California. USA



1. The Gnatwork: A Network for Development of Skills in the Study of Biting Midges, Sandflies and Blackflies

Simon Carpenter, The Pirbright Institute

2. Predicting and managing impacts of midge-borne infections in changing environments: Why vector-host ecology matters

Beth Purse, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)

3. Where do they come from? Where do they go? Population genetics studies on Culicoides biting midges

Karine Huber, INRA, Montpellier, France

4. Vector capacity of pre-alpine Culicoides for Bluetongue virus

Eva Veronesi, National Centre for Vector Entomology, Institute of Parasitology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

5. Culicoides eggs: What do we know and why should we care?

Bradley A. Mullens, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, California, USA 92521

6. Flight behavior of Culicoides imicola at controlled temperatures and humidity conditions

Gert Venter, Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute. Pretoria, South Africa.



Advances in ecology of ticks and their pathogens

  • Chair: Marieta Braks, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
  • Co-chair: Jolyon Medlock, Public Health England



1. Ecology of Lyme borreliosis in Europe

Hein Sprong, National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands

2. Biological control of ticks

Elyes Zhioua, Institute Pasteur, Tunesia

3. Tick symbiont interactions

Yuval Gottlieb-Dror, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

4. Pan European tick maps, VectorNet

Jolyon Medlock, Public Health England, England

5. Tick genes assembled

Cate Hill, Purdue University, USA



Novel approaches towards species identification of parasitic arthropods

  • Chair: Vit Dvorak, Charles University in Prague
  • Co-chair: Claudia Paredes Esquivel, University of the Balearic Islands



1. Vector soup: benefits, limits and real world appplications of sand fly metabarcoding

Arthur Kocher, French National Centre for Scientific Research

2. Mosquito identification by morphology versus molecular tools: from rivalry towards symbiosis

Francis Schaffner, Francis Schaffner Consultancy & University of Zurich

3. DNA-barcoding to uncover hidden diversity and phenotypic plasticity in Mediterranean mosquitoes

Claudia Paredes Esquivel, University of  the Balearic Islands

4. Easy identification of arthropod vectors by mass spectrometry: we are getting real

Alexander Mathis, University of Zurich

5. MALDI-TOF protein profling - a tool of choice for sand fly species identification

Petr Halada, The Czech Academy of Sciences

6. MALDI-TOF MS for the identification of arthropods, their blood meal sources and the microbes they carry

Maureen Laroche or Philippe Parola, University Hospital Institute Méditerranée Infection



Vector projects in the World

  • ChairVeerle Versteirt, Avoia-GIS



1. The Infravec2 Horizon 2020 project: Research Infrastructures for the control of vector-borne diseases

Ken Vernick, Institut Pasteur

2. Vector Behavior in Transmission Ecology Research Coordination Network (VectorBite)

Matthew Watts, Imperial College London

3. MediLabSecure: One Health network for the prevention of vector-borne diseases around the Mediterranean and Black Sea region

Kathleen Victoir, IRD

4. The European Network for Neglected Vectors and Vector-Borne Infections (EURNEGVEC) COST Action

Alten Bulent, Haceteppe University, Ankara

5. VectorNet: a pan-European approach towards a standardized data collection on distribution and abundance of vectors of medical and veterinary importance

Versteirt Veerle, Avia-GIS

6. Title of presentation: Pending

Desmond Foley, WRBU






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