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Mosquitos and disease in the city: a study of public health and its representation in São Paulo, Brazil

Grant number: 16/50008-6
Support Opportunities:Regular Research Grants
Duration: August 01, 2016 - July 31, 2018
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Convênio/Acordo: Emory University
Mobility Program: SPRINT - Projetos de pesquisa - Mobilidade
Principal Investigator:Lincoln Suesdek Rocha
Grantee:Lincoln Suesdek Rocha
Principal researcher abroad: Uriel Kitron
Institution abroad: Emory University, United States
Host Institution: Instituto Butantan. Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:14/27172-9 - Investigation on the functionality of genes of pathogen-vectors mosquitoes, AP.R


This project brings together the Instituto Butantan's Laboratory of Parasitology and Museum of Public Health with Emory University's Department of Environmental Sciences and Program in Portuguese to examine the past and present of mosquito and other insect-borne infections in São Paulo. Such a study is particularly relevant to scholars at Emory University because of its leading position in Public Health, in Brazilian Studies, and because the city of Atlanta, like São Paulo, has undergone an intense process of urbanization that includes a large percentage of descendants of African slaves, immigrants (especially from Asia and the Middle East) and migrants from the northeast (New England in the US and from Bahia and Ceará in Brazil).A FAPESP Sprint grant unites areal of knowledge that are often considered disparate including anthropology, genetics, cultural studies, ecology and epidemiology/public health. These approaches are critical to the work of principal investigators Kitron (currently holding an interdisciplinary Faculty Fellowship for a study of mosquitos and migration in São Paulo) and Suesdek (hold of FAPESP active research grant on the genetic function of genes of mosquitoes vectors of pathogens). The FAPESP Sprint grant lead to outcomes that will enrich the public knowledge on candidate genes to transgenic mosquitoes, analyze the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases within a historical-epidemiological and spatial-temporal context, and develop new methods of presenting information to a non-academic public. (AU)

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SUESDEK, LINCOLN. Microevolution of medically important mosquitoes - A review. Acta Tropica, v. 191, p. 162-171, . (14/27172-9, 06/02622-5, 16/50008-6)

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