Fighting Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Tuesday, October 11
10:15AM - 11:15AM
Austin Convention Center Room 6A

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Jack Bobo
Speaker
Intrexon Corporation - SVP + Chief Communications Officer

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Lauren Yarmuth
Speaker
IDEO - Design for Change Portfolio Director

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Mark Fischetti
Moderator
Scientific American - Sr Editor

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Richard Steketee
Speaker
PATH, Malaria Control + Elimination Partnership in Africa - Project Director

Summary

With cases of Zika reported in Texas and Florida and federal funding to combat the virus dwindling, what to do along the Gulf Coast is a topic of debate. This session, moderated by Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti, will illuminate and evaluate the tools available to combat mosquito-borne illnesses from a diversity of perspectives. Dr. Richard Steketee (PATH) offers a systems-level view of fighting Malaria via technology and big data. Lauren Yarmuth (IDEO), who has been working with residents in Puerto Rico to stop the spread of Zika, will describe the communication tools and strategies that have proven most effective. Jack Bobo (Intrexon) will share the scientific advances being used to combat the actual mosquitoes, specifically focused on a self limiting gene. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that mosquito-borne illness has presented in other regions and what strategies will be most effective in combatting Zika here in the US.

Photo of Aedes aegypti mosquito pupae emerging courtesy of Intrexon.

Event Type:
Sessions
Format:
Dual / Solo / Panel
Track:
Conservation + Adaptation
Tags:
conservation + adaptation data visualization health

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