Multidisciplinary Sciences for Sustainable and Innovative Vector Control in a City

Multidisciplinary Sciences for Sustainable and Innovative Vector Control in a City

13 September 2019

05:00PM - 05:45PM

45mins

Multi-Purpose Hall 1, Innovis


Urbanisation, globalisation and climate change have contributed to the worsening dengue situation in the world, especially in cities. The recent wide-spread emergence of Zika and Chikungunya viruses have also caused global concerns. In the absence of effective vaccines, control of the population of Aedes mosquitoes, that transmit these diseases, remains as the fundamental approach in tackling these diseases. The presentation will highlight the inter-sectoral mosquito vector control programme sustained and evolved through the last five decades in Singapore.

Integration of data analytics, molecular biology, entomology and other disciplines of science has enabled the development of a comprehensive surveillance, risk-based intervention, early prediction of outbreak and preparedness for outbreaks.  Further innovation is seen in the development of the Wolbachia-Aedes technology, which is designed to complement current programme that focuses on community-based suppression of vector population.

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Speaker

Dr Wilson Tan

Dr Wilson Tan

Deputy Director
Environmental Health Institute, National Environment Agency (NEA)

Dr Wilson Tan is the heading the Vector Biology and Control Branch at the Environmental Health Institute, National Environment Agency, Singapore.  He has 20 years of experience in laboratory- and field-based research on the surveillance and control of vectors of dengue, chikungunya, Zika, filaria and malaria.  He leads the development of Project Wolbachia – Singapore, an innovative approach to suppress mosquito vector population which may transform the control of dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases in the future.