March 2022 - Volumes

Global Mosquito Resistance Management: Virtual Summit Registration Underway

COVID-19 taught us many lessons. It shined a spotlight on what Public Health professionals deal with every day: no matter where in the world we live, our economic status, how old we are, our gender, or the color of our skin, in the end we are all connected. And in times of crisis, that connectivity demands a coordinated response.

In the face of vector-borne disease, global mosquito insecticide resistance poses a more subtle, but no less ominous threat. The tools we have are numbered and for many of them, their effectiveness is waning. How do those entities and individuals charged with protecting human potential harness the collective strength and knowledge of the Global Public Health community to combat the onset of resistance?

To find out, register now for the Global Mosquito Resistance Management Virtual Summit, to be held on Thursday, March 24 from 10am to 2pm (ET). There is no cost to attend. The Virtual Summit will include presentations by a distinguished list of international Public Health experts from government, academia, and industry, all working collectively with the objective of communicating ideas and strategies for resistance management in the battle against vector-borne disease. Highly focused on research, presentations will include information on:

  • types of resistance mechanisms
  • current resistance trends from the US, Africa, Latin America, and Asia
  • alternate vector control tools to combat resistance
  • resistance management best practices
  • recent field work from those battling with resistance in local mosquito populations

Fill out this short form to pre-register for access to the Summit broadcast.
The full Program and Presenter list can be found below.

Program and Presenters

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Moderators: Leanne Lake and Carolina Torres Gutierrez, PhD; Technical Development Specialists at Valent BioSciences, LLC

10:00 ET

Resistance Mechanisms, Testing, and How (not) to Start Statewide Surveillance
Mosquito expert Nicholas Delisi explores the various types of resistance mechanisms, how resistance develops, and offers guidance for developing a statewide surveillance program to monitor resistant populations. Also includes methods for testing adult populations.
Nicholas Delisi, Entomologist/Lab Manager, St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement, LA 

Resistance in US Mosquito Populations
Jennifer Henke, current chair of AMCA’s Science and Technology Committee and Vice-President elect of the Entomological Society of America provides a general review of insecticide resistance status in the US with a focus on the main disease vector species (Aedes and Culex) where resistance is mounting.
Jennifer Henke, Laboratory Manager, Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, CA

Molecular Drivers of Insecticide Resistance in Malaria Vectors
Professor of vector biology and genetics Charles Wondji discusses research that has revealed a complex genomic evolution of resistance in malaria vectors in Africa, resistance that is likely to threaten the efficacy of important interventions such as insecticide-treated nets and indoor residual sprays.
Charles S. Wondji, Welcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Vector Biology Department, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine;
Executive Director, Centre of Research in Infectious Diseases (CRID), LSTM Research Unit

11:20 ET

Hotspots of KDR and Metabolic Resistance to Pyrethroids in Mexico
Adriana Flores, head of the Department of Zoology at a leading University in Monterrey, outlines pyrethroid resistance, the most affected species, and hotspots for both knockdown resistance (Kdr) and metabolic resistance in Mexico.
Adriana Flores, PhD, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Mexico

Susceptibility Status of Insecticides Used for Mosquito Control in Asia
Malaysia is among the most important centers of vector-borne disease research in Asia. In this presentation, Dr. Nazni Wasi Ahmad  provides an overview of mosquito insecticide resistance status and challenges across the Continent.
Dr. Nazni Wasi Ahmad, Ministry of Health Malaysia

Life after Insecticide Resistance was Detected
Dina Fonseca of Rutgers University provides insights into what is known about the causes and prevalence of insecticide resistance among mosquito populations, with a focus on the northeastern US.
Dina M. Fonseca, Rutgers University Center for Vector Biology, NJ

12:30 ET

If Every Problem is Unique, Can the Answer be the Same?
Renowned Medical and Research Entomologist Janet McAllister explores gaps in our knowledge and the strategies that guide insecticide resistance management activities, and how local populations change in response to interventions.
Janet McAllister, PhD, Medical Entomologist, Arboviral Diseases Branch of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers of Disease Control

Transient Tolerance to Pyrethroids in Gravid Mosquitoes: Implications for Viral Transmission and ULV Control
Mark Clifton, North Central Regional Director of AMCA, shares data from CDC bottle bioassay surveys and operational field trials on Culex spp. populations, and important implications for ULV-based mosquito control.
Mark Clifton, PhD, Northshore Mosquito Abatement District, IL

Insecticide Resistance Status and Management in Collier County, Florida
Molecular Biologist and Doctor of Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics Keira Lucas provides insights on the development of organophosphate resistance in Collier County, FL and the District’s integrated management efforts to combat it.
Keira Lucas, PhD, Deputy Executive Director, Collier Mosquito Control District, FL

13:30 ET

Open Discussion Q & A

14:00 ET

Summit Concludes