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TESS Seminar: Update on Wolbachia to Control Dengue

Wed 8 September 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

TESS Seminar: Update on Wolbachia to Control Dengue

Event by Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science-TESS.


We are looking forward to Prof Scott Ritchie (JCU, Adjunct), talking live in Cairns on: Update on Wolbachia to control dengue.


Biography: Prof Scott has been an active researcher and manager in mosquito-borne disease control since 1980. From 1994 – 2011 he was employed as Director, Medical Entomology at the Tropical Regional Services of Queensland Health in Cairns Australia where he managed the dengue control program. Scott was also an academic researcher (Associate and full Professor) at JCU from 2009 – 2019, and still serve as an adjunct Professor. He is currently Director, Field Entomology for the World Mosquito Program, Monash University. His research has centred upon control of vector-borne diseases, especially dengue. Scott has been a principal investigator in the Eliminate Dengue program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since its inception in 2005. This innovative project utilises the bacterium Wolbachia to prevent the mosquito Aedes aegypti from transmitting dengue and Zika viruses, and currently help lead entomological efforts to rollout this strategy globally. He has also been involved in research on the impact of global warming on dengue, new pesticides for the control of Ae. aegypti and the development of novel passive mosquito traps for the detection of pathogens in mosquitoes and other disease vectors. Scott has published 295 per-reviewed papers and been awarded 59 competitive research grants.


Please visit the TESS website for the streaming links, abstract and speaker bio.


When: Wednesday, 8th September, 4pm – 5pm (AEST)


Where: Crowther Lecture Theatre (A3.003) JCU Smithfield Nguma-bada campus

*followed by refreshments


Cost: Free


If you are unable to attend in person you can view on either of these platforms:


1. Via Zoom


2. Via YouTube


Wed 8 September 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Crowther Lecture Theatre – JCU – Smithfield Campus
14-88 McGregor Road
Smithfield, Queensland 4878 Australia
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