Research Day 2018

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SCCAHS Research Funding Announcement

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UF scientist recognized for research in mosquito-borne disease control

September 20, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- University of Florida entomology professor Jeffrey Bloomquist is known to have a restless curiosity about everything, ranging from insecticide toxicology to mosquito control and resistance. Read More

Plant pathogen experts study banana disease in Tanzania

September 18, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- The banana crop is an important commodity in Tanzania and much of East Africa, with many in the region eating up to 400 kilograms of bananas per person per year. Plant diseases are a major threat to the sustainability of the crop, and over the past decade, a bacterial infection once found only in Ethiopia has risen in prominence in all countries around Lake Victoria, including Tanzania. Read More

Most dengue infections transmitted in or near home

March 24, 2017 --Study findings could aid in interrupting transmission chains and reducing severe illness Read More

Lieutenant Governor visits EPI

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UF receives funding from state health department to tackle Zika virus

The University of Florida received five grants and nearly $3 million from the Florida Department of Health as part of its Zika Research Grant Initiative. Read More

EPI director speaks about importance of research at state capitol

March 31, 2017 -- Dr. J. Glenn Morris spoke about the importance of research and science education at the state capitol Wednesday, rallying with the Florida Board of Governors and officials from all 12 of Florida’s public universities to support the launch of a statewide initiative advocating the importance of safety, research, and education at Florida’s universities. Read More

UF/IFAS scientists find Zika RNA in a second mosquito species

April 18, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences molecular biologist has found Zika RNA in a type of mosquito not often associated with the virus. Read More

Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says UF researcher

GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- A mathematical model of cholera transmission in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake suggests that current approaches to cholera control and elimination, which focus primarily on improving sanitation, are not likely to solve the problem. However, eradication of cholera is possible with use of oral cholera vaccine. Read More

Data analysis looks at Zika’s introduction to Americas, predicts microcephaly cases

GAINESVILLE -- Researchers at the University of Florida and several peer institutions have developed a model mapping the spread of Zika virus in the Americas and predicting that the virus arrived in Brazil in late 2013 or early 2014 before spreading throughout the region. The model also projects the number of microcephaly cases that will occur by the end of the year, with hundreds of cases in Mexico, Haiti and Colombia, and thousands of cases in Brazil due to Zika virus infection. Read More

Dr. J. Glenn Morris receives 2017 Faculty Research Award

April 7, 2017 -- Read More

GHESKIO director meets with Haitian student group during EPI Research Day

March 6, 2017 -- Read More

Is the microbial friend of my plant, my friend?

March 6, 2017 -- “Life would not long remain possible in the absence of microbes.”—Louis Pasteur (Father of Microbiology) Read More

Research Day 2017

March 2, 2017 -- On Thursday, February 23, the Emerging Pathogens Institute hosted its tenth annual Research Day. Read More

UF researchers detail new tactics against Zika, other viruses

February 20, 2017 -- University of Florida scientists presented new research Sunday outlining ways to prevent the spread of the Zika and dengue viruses through the development of a Zika vaccine and a focus on spraying indoors to control mosquitoes. Read More

Dr. Morris to speak on panel about climate change and public health

February 15, 2017 -- Read More

Zika Demystified: EPI Member Explains How Zika Virus Spread in Brazil

January 27, 2016 -- Read More

Insect Expert Writes Op-Ed on Protecting Florida from Zika Virus

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WHO/S. Hawkey-Nene Aminata Diallo and Gamou Saiman Gaston, from the World Health Organization Ebola vaccination team, carefully go through the consent process with a participant in the Ebola vaccine trial

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Fighting Ebola with numbers and statistics

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Research Day 2016

The Emerging Pathogens Institute hosted its ninth annual Research Day on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Read More

EPI director quoted in Politico article on food safety

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World Melioidosis Congress 2016

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Quick Facts

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UN’s interventions in Sierra Leone significantly slowed Ebola

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Has Haiti’s cholera epidemic become a permanent problem?

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Study finds elk habitat overlaps with potential anthrax reservoir in Montana

Multiple anthrax bacteria (green) are being enveloped by an immune system cell (purple) — Camenzind G. Robinson, Sarah Guilman and Arthur Friedlander, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Read More

Mattia Prosperi and Volker Mai win Illumina Go Mini Scientific Challenge

April 26, 2016 -- Dr. Mattia Prosperi (right) with Una McVeigh (left), the challenge’s third prize winner and Dr. Hongmei Li-Byarlay, the second prize winner Read More

Zika present in Americas longer than previously thought

Virus-specific CPE in simian kidney cell line LLC-MK2. Non-inoculated cells (A) and cells inoculated with plasma specimen 1225/2014, 8 days post-inoculation (B). Perinuclear vacuoles are evident. Read More

Miami Herald Reports on Zika in Haiti in 2014

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Flu vaccination programs have potential to be self-sustaining in Florida

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EPI sponsors inaugural UF Drug Discovery Symposium

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EPI researchers receive RAPID grants to study Zika virus

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Leading virologist and Italian Parliament member moves to UF to lead “One Health”

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Institute director visits Haitian school of medicine construction site

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Long-term global threat posed by Zika virus remains unknown, review finds

July 14, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Zika virus could become endemic in parts of Central and South America, but the long-term global threat posed by the virus remains unclear without more research, according to the authors of a paper published online in today’s issue of the journal Science. Read More

As Zika spreads, UF/IFAS faculty on front lines battling the virus

August 22, 2016 -- Common Aedes Aegypti mosquito, magnified 2,000 times at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, 6/28, prepares to feed on human skin. After 15 years of test on more than 3,900 compounds, Jerry Bulter, professor of entomology, has developed a safe, natural insect repellent that protects people against everything from mosquitoes to ticks and tiny “no-see-ums.” Its the first effective alternative to products containing DEET, the most widely used ingredient in insect repellent now on the market. Butler’s new herbal repellent is patented by the UF and licensed to a commercial firm.(AP Photo, Jerry Bulter) Read More

In Memorandum: Dr. Donald A. Henderson, who helped eradicate smallpox, dies at 87

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Non-travel Zika cases in Fla. could approach 400 by summer’s end

August 24, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nearly 400 non travel-related Zika infections will occur in Florida before the end of the summer, according to a new study by biostatisticians at the University of Florida and other institutions. Read More

New mosquito-borne disease detected in Haiti

August 26, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A child in Haiti was identified with a serious mosquito-borne illness that had never been reported in the Caribbean nation, according to researchers at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI). Read More

Dr. Afsar Ali speaks to Korean radio host about cholera

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Dengue vaccine could increase dengue’s virulence in some settings

September 7, 2016 -- The first approved dengue vaccine may increase the incidence of more severe disease if used in populations with low dengue transmission Read More

UF Researchers organize and participate in the Eighth World Melioidosis Congress 2016

September 7, 2016 -- Writers: Prof. Herbert Schweizer and Prof. Apichai Tuanyok Read More

Zika Virus and the Emerging Pathogens Institute

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International coalition expresses support for medium-term plan to fight cholera in Haiti

September 14 ,2016 -- Noting that cholera continues to take a heavy toll on the people of Haiti, representatives of international partner organizations are urging strong financial and political support for a medium-term cholera plan recently released in draft form by the Haitian government. Read More

Federal government funds Zika research in Haiti

September 15, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE -- Despite intransigence in Washington over Zika funding, the National Institutes of Health have awarded more than 1.75 million dollars to the University of Florida to study the Zika virus. Read More

*UPDATE*: EPI Haiti labs in wake of Hurricane Matthew

October 5, 2016 -- We have heard from our colleagues in Haiti, and so far, reports suggest that everyone is safe. Read More

New faculty member publishes study on link between El Niño and dengue epidemics

Dr. Derek Cummings’ research in Southeast Asia found that temperature spikes during El Niño led to a higher incidence of dengue infection Read More

UF experts addressing outbreak of New World screwworm fly in Florida Keys

October 5, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Responding to the announcement yesterday that the New World screwworm fly has been detected in Florida for the first time in a half-century, experts with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine are taking steps to educate ranchers, property owners and residents about the pest, and assist in eradication efforts in the Florida Keys, where the fly’s larvae were found infesting wild deer. Read More

EPI Society and Newsletter Naming Contest

October 12, 2016 -- As part of our efforts to increase engagement and build support for the Emerging Pathogens Institute, we will be creating a society for interested community members and a newsletter highlighting research, outreach, and other achievements by EPI faculty, students, and staff. Read More

Biostat researchers discuss roles in ongoing Ebola vaccine trial

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KC Jeong finds biological treatment for cow disease; could help humans, too

October 13, 2016 -- A UF/IFAS researcher and his colleagues are far more certain now that a new biological treatment could prevent dairy cattle from getting uterine diseases, which might improve food safety for people. Their findings, in which they used chitosan microparticles to cure bacteria in the uteri, are published in a new study. Credit: Tyler Jones, UF/IFAS photography Read More

UF researcher and collaborators win Aspen Institute Italia Award for Ebola research

October 26, 2016 -- Ira Longini, a professor in the department of biostatistics in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine Read More

Ancient strain of cholera likely present in Haiti since colonial era

October 27, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE -- A non-virulent variant of the deadly Vibrio cholerae O1 strain has likely been present in Haitian aquatic environments for several hundred years, with the potential to become virulent through gene transfer with the toxigenic strain introduced by UN peacekeepers Read More

UF Emerging Pathogens Institute shares in 7 million euro grant to research Zika virus

October 28, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A European Union research commission will award the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) at the University of Florida nearly 1 million euros as part of a grant supporting interdisciplinary research on the Zika virus and its effects on pregnancy. Read More

Why Zika has infected so many people in Puerto Rico

October 28, 2016 -- Diana Rojas, University of Florida The United States declared Zika a public health emergency in Puerto Rico in August 2016. Over 28,000 cases of Zika were reported in Puerto Rico as of Oct. 26. Read More

Former student researcher at EPI presents cholera findings at UK water conference

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Cameroon’s cholera outbreaks vary by climate region

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UF to receive nearly $10 million to support new agricultural safety and health center

November 29, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE -- The University of Florida has received a grant of nearly $10 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, for a five-year project to explore the occupational safety and health of people working in agriculture, fishing and forestry in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and North and South Carolina. Read More

World Melioidosis Congress report featured in WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Record

November 29, 2016 -- Read More

Eliminating Cholera Transmission in Haiti

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UF faculty take part in decision to send one million doses of cholera vaccine to Haiti

December 22, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Hurricane Matthew’s sweep through southern Haiti last October killed hundreds; left nearly 200,000 without homes; and flooded rivers, latrines and wells, contaminating drinking water and prompting reports of increasing cholera cases in the hardest hit areas of the nation. Read More

Four state universities collaborate on $10 million center to address Zika and other diseases

December 22, 2016 -- GAINESVILLE – With a $10 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Florida will lead a highly collaborative research program focused on stopping diseases such as Zika before they spread farther into the United States. Read More

UF plays key role in trial for successful Ebola vaccine

January 9, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- An international group of researchers associated with the World Health Organization has published its final report on the Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea, finding that the vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent Ebola infection. Read More

EPI Research Day 2017

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"Vaccine" article criticizes recommendation against FluMist

January 26, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- A commentary published this week in one of the world’s premier journals on vaccination raises concerns about the CDC’s recommendation against using the popular “FluMist” vaccine during the 2016 – 2017 flu season. Read More

Researchers receive grant from DTRA to support search for B. pseudomallei vaccine

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Physician-scientist develops app to help health workers diagnose cholera

February 6, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Working in collaboration with a mobile phone application developer as well as colleagues in the United States and Bangladesh, a UF investigator helped create and test an app that helps physicians diagnose cholera and other diarrheal diseases with greater accuracy. Read More

Carla Mavian, Ph.D, receives Thomas H. Maren award to support HIV study

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Findings from human immune system study could lead Haiti closer to malaria eradication

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A comparison of immune system responses among Haitian malaria patients revealed unique traits among those with the highest risk of transmitting the disease to others. Identifying such patients could lead to a sharp decline in malaria transmission in the country, according to a University of Florida researcher. Read More

New research models temperature-driven Zika, dengue, and chikungunya transmission

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Zika transmission in U.S. linked to travel from Caribbean

May 26, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Travel between the continental U.S. and the Caribbean led to locally acquired Zika virus infections in Florida, according to new research published this week. Read More

Dr. Havelaar discusses microbial pathogens at inaugural Food Safety Science and Research Centre meeting in New Zealand.

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Teachers learn about emerging pathogens through CATALySES program

August 3, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- For years, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics has predicted that the jobs of the future will shift more and more towards STEM fields – requiring training in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.  STEM education does not come cheap, however. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the demand for teachers skilled in STEM subjects is higher than the number of qualified applicants to teach them. Under-resourced schools face additional barriers, such as a lack of laboratory equipment. Read More

EPI director in Florida Trend

August 4, 2017 -- Florida Trend interviewed Dr. J. Glenn Morris last month about EPI's role in the effort to reduce the threat of infectious diseases. See the video below! Read More

EPI faculty members work with Haitian communities to reduce vectors of disease transmission

August 18, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- Dr. Kevin Bardosh, a medical anthropologist and member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute, collaborated with several EPI researchers to find community-based methods of reducing the mosquitoes responsible for lymphatic filariasis and malaria in Haiti. Read More

Probiotic reduces sepsis-related deaths among newborns in India

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EPI member to receive 2017 Florida Climate Institute Faculty Fellow Award

October 23, 2017 -- Sadie Ryan, Associate Professor of Medical Geography at the University of Florida Read More

Haiti Water Summit

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Fighting Malaria from Ghana and Gainesville

October 26, 2017 -- Paul Psychas, Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine and Member of the Emerging Pathogens Institute Read More

Disease-carrying mosquito species tied to deforestation

October 25, 2017 -- GAINESVILLE -- Two University of Florida infectious disease experts have found deforestation not only destroys beneficial habitats and renders the land less fertile, it also allows disease-carrying mosquitoes to multiply. Read More

Mapping Challenges, Genetic Mutations, and Complicated Diagnostics of Anthrax Across West Africa

October 25, 2017 -- Jason Blackburn, Associate Professor of Medical Geography at the Emerging Pathogens Institute Read More

Population Genomics of Bacterial Pathogens: Moving Beyond the Descriptive

November 1, 2017 -- Taj Azarian, Ph.D., MPH, Post doctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics in the Harbard T.H> Chan School of Public health Read More

ZikAction at EPI

November 7, 2017 -- Last week, scientists from Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States met at UF's Emerging Pathogens Institute to discuss research on Zika virus and other arboviruses. Read More

Afsar Ali and J. Glenn Morris author "Nature" publication on cholera

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Symposium in Honor of the Retirement of Ariena van Bruggen

January 17, 2018 -- On Tuesday, January 16, Dr. Ariena van Bruggen hosted a symposium on microbial cycling in food webs in honor of her retirement from the University of Florida. Read More

Watch Dr. Nicole Iovine Discuss The 2017-2018 Flu Season

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