TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

PacVec shares training opportunities in vector-borne disease science provided by our partners and affiliations. Explore the current opportunities here:

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ONLINE WEBINARS

Kevin Deitz (American Museum of Natural History) and Jean Tsao (Michigan State University) are co-hosting the current session of the Virtual Vector Biology Seminar series, which was created to provide a sense of community and to promote ongoing research across a variety of arthropods of medical or veterinary importance. This series is designed to make recent scientific advances in the field of vector biology and vector-borne disease as open and accessible as possible – sign up is free and open to anyone. Seminars are at 9am PST/PDT (12pm EST).

Associate Professor Clive McKimmie and the Morris Lab announced their 2nd year of the International Virtual Seminars on Arbovirus Biology in October 2021. Speakers from diverse backgrounds are presenting the best arbovirus science on every Thursday at 8am PDT (11am EST). To register for a Zoom link, send Clive an email!

This is a joint VEuPathDB and BV-BRC open community webinar series focusing on ticks and the bacterial, viral or eukaryotic pathogens they transmit. Eight webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis starting on March 8th, 2022. Each webinar will focus one specific data, tools and functionality provided by these NIAID-funded bioinformatic resource centers. Seminars will be at 8am PST/PDT (11am EST).

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The Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is organizing a one-day symposium on vector-borne diseases (VBDs) on Tuesday May 10, 2022 from 8:30am - 3:00pm EDT | 5:30am - 12:00pm PDT. Topics include: 

  • Vector-borne disease surveillance in Connecticut
  • Invasive and emerging vectors of human and veterinary disease-causing pathogens
  • Biology, ecology, and feeding behavior of vectors of human and veterinary disease-causing pathogens
  • Vector-borne pathogens of human and veterinary health concern
  • Impacts of climate, hosts, and habitats on vector-borne diseases
  • Advances and challenges in vector control
Attendees will be able to attend both in-person (limited to 70 individuals) and virtual through Zoom webinar. Register by April 29th.

PacVec holds monthly seminars that convenes public health and vector control professionals, and features the work of PacVec’s principal investigators, trainees, and visiting researchers that are relevant to the center’s mission. Seminars are held monthly during the academic year from October through June and are available both in-person and via Zoom. To be notified about upcoming seminars, please sign up for our mailing list by clicking subscribe. All seminar announcements include a link to participate remotely via Zoom.

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NEVBD is pausing their in-person component of the Vector Biology Boot Camp for the time being, with the hopes of offering it again in 2023. In lieu of their hands-on program, you can access recorded presentations from the 2021 Virtual Vector Biology Boot Camp available through the Cornell Video on Demand service. Simply complete this user registration form or visit their website to gain access to these recordings.

ZOHU Call logo Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Calls are one-hour monthly webinars that provide timely education on zoonotic and infectious diseases, One Health, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, vector-borne diseases, recent outbreaks, and related health threats at the animal-human-environment interface.

  • Free Continuing Education for a variety of public health, animal health, and human health professionals. Participants can earn CME, CNE, CEU, CECH, CPH and AAVSB/RACE. Each call is recorded and available online for those unable to attend live sessions.
  • Contact us if you have questions or suggestions for future topics.
  • Subscribe to the monthly ZOHU Call News and Updates email newsletter.

The University of Albany is hosting a virtual seminar series every Thursday of the month at 4pm EST (1pm PDT), starting on Thursday, October 21st, 2021.

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In 2017, WHO published the Global vector control response: an integrated approach for the control of vector-borne diseases (GVCR) that focuses on reducing the burden and threat of vector-borne diseases that affect humans through effective, locally adapted and sustainable interventions. The Response (GVCR) is also a crucial cross-cutting pillar of the NTD road map for 2021-2030 and advocate for integrated activities to be implemented based on country experiences. This webinar will consider specific GVCR approaches and panellists will discuss progress in implementation of GVCR. They will also share operational experiences in vector surveillance and control as well as highlight the importance of integrated and multisectoral actions through practical examples and facilitated discussion. The webinar will take place on April 5, 2022 at 5:00 AM PDT/7:00 AM CT.

Sponsored by the Eastern Branch, this webinar will feature a panel of tick experts to share their current research on tick biology, ecology, and control. The panel will also answer audience questions on how you can protect yourself from tick bites while outdoors. Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11-12:30pm PDT (2-3:30pm EST).

A new series in the Northeastern IPM Center "The IPM Toolbox" webinar series is focusing on tick integrated pest management strategies.

When: Webinars were held from Jun. to Oct. 2020


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The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the US. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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As part of Penn State Extension’s efforts to educate and share information, educators hosted a 10-part webinar series on ticks and disease prevention from July 9 through September 17, 2020. The webinars were recorded for later viewing and are available at http://extension.psu.edu/tick-webinars.


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

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 fourth annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Monday through Saturday, June 13-18, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance and invited to register for the course. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne DIseases (SECVBD) are excited to share with you an opportunity to be trained in all things ‘tick’ at the “Tick University 2022." The Tick University is part of the SECVBD’s Southeast Tick-borne Emergent Pathogen Surveillance (STEPS) program. The training will be hosted by Dr. Abelardo Moncayo (TN DOH) and held at the Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services in Nashville, TN on June 1st – June 3rd, 2022.

The SECVBD is providing a competitive fellowship to attend the training, which will offset the costs of lodging and/or travel. Selected individuals will receive reimbursements of approved accommodation and/or travel fees, up to $500 per person. This fellowship is competitive; interested individuals should complete an application by Friday, March 25th for consideration. Students and early-career professionals are especially encouraged to apply.

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SECVBD, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry. CEUs have been approved for FL, SC, AL, CO, and CA at this time. If your state is not listed and you would still like CEUs for this training, please contact Kaci McCoy prior to enrolling at kd.mccoy@ufl.edu.

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The CDC Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases has developed an online tick training course, now available! This course is an introduction to ticks, tick-borne diseases, and tick control for employees in the urban pest management industry, public health entomologists, and anyone interested in learning more about ticks. This self-paced course is eligibile for 2 FDACS CEUs and CDPH CEUs (2.25 hours - Category C). Learn more and enroll for free!

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  • Course: Biology of Mosquitoes, Ticks, and Other Disease-Causing Arthropods
  • Overview: This certificate course provides an overview of the biology of arthropods — both insects and related forms — that impact human health. You will explore the fascinating biology, behaviors, and disease-transmission processes of a range of organisms, with special emphasis on the most important groups, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will also learn about specific diseases associated with these vectors that can be passed on to humans.
  • Who Should Take the Course: Appropriate for those working in healthcare and vector-borne disease control, those who train and supervise outdoor workers, and students of vector biology who may not have access to other courses on this topic.
  • Commitment: 5-7 hours per week over a four week program
  • Website: https://ecornell.cornell.edu/custom/biology-of-mosquitoes-ticks-and-other-disease-causing-arthropods/
  • Cost: $399 - Save 20% during Lyme disease awareness month using discount code LYME20!
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Learn to develop an effective vector surveillance program, collect data, and communicate risk with the Cornell Entomology Department and eCornell in the newest online course Vector-Borne Diseases Surveillance. Take this 3-week instructor-led course with Dr. Laura Harrington and learn best practices to implement vector surveillance, data, and reporting methods. Save 20% during Lyme disease awareness month using discount code LYME20!

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The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (SECVBD) along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), are pleased to provide an online course in mosquito training for pest managers. The course is composed of 11 modules. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry. All students successfully completing all modules will receive a certificate of course completion. Technicians are able to have these certificates placed in their personnel file folders to document successful completion of the course. Certified operators will also receive a CEU form for 4 CEUs (2 GHP/L&O and 2 CORE). This form can be submitted to FDACS in order to receive CEU credits. CEUs have been approved for FL, SC, AL, and CO at this time. If your state is not listed, and you would still like CEUs for this training, please contact Kaci McCoy prior to enrolling at kd.mccoy@ufl.edu.


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The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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The Entomological Society of America (ESA) Certification Corporation offers several certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

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The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. The online training is available for free for both members and non-members.

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This is a no-cost, 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. The program emphasizes the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Learn about a wide range of vectors and the diseases they transmit, from the Aedes mosquito and the Zika virus, to the tsetse fly and African sleeping sickness, through a new online course offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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UPCOMING MEETINGS

The International Branch of the Entomological Society of America is organizing its annual Virtual Symposium (April 25-27, 2022), including a session on Medical and Veterinary Entomology. We are currently soliciting posters (submissions will close February 28), the submission fee is $25 USD. Attending the Virtual Symposium is at no-cost and society membership is not required. If you have any questions please contact the symposium organizer: Isobel Ronai (isobel.ronai@sydney.edu.au).