UMaine part of New England Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

The University of Maine has joined a consortium of seven universities in the region to form the New England Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEWVEC). The project received a $10 million five-year award starting in July from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), $694,363 of which was awarded to the University of Maine.

NEWVEC, which is based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is one of four regional centers of excellence designated by the CDC to reduce the risk of vector-borne diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and other blood-sucking arthropods in the United States, like Lyme disease and West Nile virus. In addition to UMaine and UMass Amherst, NEWVEC includes partners at University of Rhode Island, Northern Vermont University, Western Connecticut State University, University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College.

“NEWVEC provides a unique opportunity to bring together talented research scientists, public health practitioners, and Extension outreach personnel in a concerted effort to address this public health challenge,” says Stephen Rich, executive director of NEWVEC and professor in the Department of Microbiology at UMass Amherst.

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