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The World’s Most Dangerous Animals - A Look at CDC Entomology Branch Activities

- Dinner starts at 7:00 pm.
- The evening's presentation begins around 7:45.
- Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
- The capacity of the venue is 80 people.
- We expect a turnout of around 60% of day-of RSVPs.
- Refer to our Open Seating Policy for details.
- There is a $3 contribution requested from non-students.

The World’s Most Dangerous Animals - A Look at CDC Entomology Branch Activities

Robert Wirtz, PhD
Chief, Entomology Branch
Division Parasitic Diseases and Malaria
Center for Global Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Anopheles gambiae mosquito feeding (CDC/James Gathany)

In this talk Robert Wirtz, the Chief of the Entomology Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will discuss the importance of insect-transmitted diseases, with a focus on malaria, lymphatic filariasis, Chagas disease and arboviruses, such as dengue, Chikungunya and current efforts to reduce transmission.

Robert Wirtz has been in his current position as Chief of the Entomology Branch at CDC since 1997. There he directs activities to reduce the threat of arthropod-borne diseases to humans, with a focus on control of the vectors of malaria, lymphatic filariasis and Chagas disease; insecticide resistance; analysis of insecticides and anti-malaria drugs; and evaluation and implementation of long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net (LLIN) and indoor residual spray programs. 

Robert coordinates technical assistance and oversight for vector control in over 30 African, Latin American and Asian countries in support of the President’s Malaria Initiative and Amazon Malaria Initiative, ongoing programs in 15 countries, which have protected an estimated 27 million people and distributed (or soon will) over 25 million LLINs. 

Robert is retired as a US Army Medical Entomologist with the rank colonel. He was on active duty[masked] and then in the Army reserves 1987-2008.

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  • Virginia

    Went home and took a DEET shower.

    2 · June 29, 2014

  • Chao

    Very informative presentation and a wonderful speaker! And thank you for the two co-workers who came to share their experience too. I really enjoyed this talk.

    1 · June 29, 2014

  • Kathy

    A very clear (and somewhat frightening) presentation. I'm glad to know there are dedicated people working on solutions for these devastating insect-borne diseases.

    June 29, 2014

  • Winston

    The very technical language used in the presentation was deftly parried with plenty of explanations and real world examples. This was an exemplary program.

    2 · June 29, 2014

  • Callahan Pope M.

    Bill & I thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie & speaker last night. Tough topic but very engaging presentation and hopeful to see the work being done by the CDC.

    June 29, 2014

  • SelmaFilker

    The talk was very good. Learned a lot. How do we keep the insects away from us?

    June 29, 2014

  • Cathy S.

    Great presentation! Thanks!

    June 29, 2014

  • Becky

    This talk was great. Incredibly interesting, well presented, good questions at the end. Well done!

    June 29, 2014

  • Kasia

    Sorry, can't make it.

    June 28, 2014

  • Dennis K.

    Hate to miss this one, but I will be leading a night insect program that night at the Great American Backyard Campout in part of the Atlanta Children's Forest Network.

    June 16, 2014

  • Callahan Pope M.

    wish we could make this one looks important and interesting.

    June 1, 2014

  • Mike S.

    Regrettably, this area of science is becoming more relevant here in Atlanta every year....

    1 · May 31, 2014

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