New & Noteworthy

ASTMH/ACAV STATEMENT on Zika Virus

“Many of us in the research community are very concerned that Zika has the potential to spread further and become permanently established in the Americas,” said Stephen Higgs, PhD, FRES, FASTMH, President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Director, Biosecurity Research Institute at Kansas State University. “Given the successful spread and establishment of chikungunya virus in the Americas by the same mosquitoes that carry Zika, it is vital that people take steps to avoid being bitten by them.” 

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New President Discusses Goals for ASTMH Over the Next Year

Newly elected ASTMH President Stephen Higgs, PhD, FASTMH, recently took part in a Q&A about his vision for ASTMH, its strengths and weaknesses, and what he plans to focus on during the next 12 months. He spoke about what he is hoping to achieve as the new ASTMH President, his vision for ASTMH, the Society's strengths and some of its weaker points--and his plans to make those weaker points stronger.

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Member Q&A: Brandy St. Laurent, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, NIAID, NIH

Brandy St. Laurent, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research. Brandy is a mosquito ecologist working with ASTMH Councilor Rick Fairhurst, MD, PhD, where she characterizes the vectors responsible for the transmission of artemisinin-resistant malaria in Cambodia. The lab side of that work was recently published in Nature Communications. Brandy also spends several months a year in Cambodia collecting mosquitoes. Brandy is an ASTMH member in ACME and was recently awarded a Gates Grand Challenges Explorations grant to explore the use of cow-baited tents as a malaria control and monitoring tool.

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