Tuesday, May 21, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mosquito and Tick-borne Diseases are a major public health concern for Connecticut residents. Learn from the scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) who test ticks and mosquitoes just what the risks are and what actions you can take to prevent illness for you and your family, including pets! There will also be a presentation by a local infectious disease physician who diagnoses and treats tick-borne and mosquito related diseases.
About the Panelists
Goudarz Molaei, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist and Director of Passive Tick Surveillance and Testing Program at the CAES. He has conducted research on the role of ticks and mosquitoes in transmission of human disease-causing pathogens in collaboration with CDC and WHO (World Health Organization). He has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed journals, and his research on the role of mosquitoes and birds in transmission and amplification of West Nile virus was recognized among the top 100 discoveries in 2005.
Joseph McMillan Ph.D. is a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist with the CAES where his research focuses on the dynamics and control of mosquito-borne viruses in urban environments. Dr. McMillan is currently working with CAES to develop protocols that evaluate the ability of current and novel mosquito control interventions to reduce mosquito-borne disease exposure risks in humans.
Asha Shah, MD, MS is a Board Certified Infectious Disease specialist with the Stamford Health System and Stamford Health Medical Group.