NIR and mosquito-borne diseases

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00:00:00 2017-06-28 NIR and Mosquito-Borne Diseases
This webinar focuses on the application of NIRS as an alternative surveillance method for mosquito control programs including malaria, dengue and zika and features ASD’s LabSpec® 4 Standard-Res Lab analyzer.

In this webinar you will learn:
•    The application of NIRS for simultaneous prediction of age and species of Anopheles malaria vectors
•    Preservation techniques suitable for samples prior to NIRS analysis
•    Application of NIRS for predicting age of Aedes aegypti
•    Application of NIRS for detecting Wolbachia in mosquitoes
•    Application of NIRS for detecting Arbovirus infections including zika and dengue in mosquitoes
•    The use of NIRS to investigate insects of medical and agricultural importance
•    Advantages of NIRS over existing techniques for similar purposes

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Panelist: Dr. Maggy Sikulu-Lord, research fellow at the University of Queensland
Dr. Sikulu-Lord has 8 years experience in the application of NIRS for the assessment of mosquito parameters that aide in the transmission of the diseases they carry. Dr Sikulu-Lord has a track record in the application of NIRS in the assessment of malaria vectors in Africa, arboviruses such as zika and dengue in Australia and Brazil and is currently extending the knowledge to insects of agricultural importance. She is is the lead investigator of a USAID funded project on combating zika and future threats and focuses on the application of NIRS for detection of zika and dengue transmission hot spots in Brazil.