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Training workshop - Modeling of biological systems

Applications to population dynamics and animal epidemiology

Venue: CIRAD, Domaine de Duclos, Guadeloupe.

Trainer: Pauline Ezanno, (Oniris/Inra Nantes)

The invitation was extended to several research institutes in Guadeloupe (University of Antilles Guyane, INRA, Pasteur Institute, other CIRAD research teams, ARS, DAAF, ORSAG…).

In all, 6 young epidemiologists participated in the training from INRA (1), CIRAD plant health research (1) and from CIRAD Animal health research team (4).

The training aimed at introducing modeling of biological systems (mosquito population, simple epidemic models and dynamics of Vector-borne Diseases) for evaluation of population and epidemic dynamics and assessment of model behavior when parameters changed, including control strategies. Sessions were dedicated to computerized exercises to get trained on open source modeling software (Scilab, version 5.3.1).

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Monday, 21 July, 2014 - 08:00 to Wednesday, 23 July, 2014 - 17:00

Training Workshop - Basic medical entomology

Trainers; V. Versteirt and F. Schaffner from AVIA-GIS (Belgium).

5 young medical entomologists from Guadeloupe attended the workshop: Pasteur Institute (2), Mosquito Control Agency (1) and CIRAD Animal Health Research Unit (2).

The first day was open to larger audience (other research institutes in Guadeloupe, public health agency, veterinary administration, Guadeloupe region…), and one representative of Guadeloupe Region, of the Ministry of Research and of DAAF attended the opening. It aimed at divulgating science of mosquito study, and communicating on its importance and applications in surveillance and disease control. This session was much appreciated and received very positive comments, encouraging the team to organize “la fête de la science” on the theme of mosquitoes.

The rest of the training workshop included presentations (introductive lessons on vector biology, taxonomy and surveillance), field mosquito collection and laboratory sessions for morphological identification of specimens (larvae, adults) collected in the field and use of diagnostic key.

The training was the opportunity to update all participants on the research being conducted on the field of medical entomology within the frame of the Epigenesis project, and to share existing documents between organizations, especially the draft morphological key that was started at the Mosquito Control agency of Guadeloupe (ARS).

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Monday, 30 June, 2014 - 08:00 to Friday, 4 July, 2014 - 17:00


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