Medical Entomology Group GEM
Academic Unit: Faculty of Medicine
Medical and health sciences
The interdisciplinary GEM Group is committed to teaching, research, and community outreach of entomological aspects of diseases transmitted or caused by arthropods. Its purpose is to train professionals with critical, scientific, and human capacity, promoting research areas and innovative community outreach in basic and bio-ecoepidemiological aspects of arthropod-host-environment interlinkages based on its research areas.
Research Areas and Topics
- Poisonous arthropods.
- Education for the control of arthropods of medical importance.
- Myiasis in humans.
- Insecticide resistance in arthropod vectors.
- Eco-epidemiological studies of vector-borne diseases.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Secretary of Health of Medellin, Colombia
- National Institute of Health of Colombia — INS
- Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine.
- Pan American Health Organization — PAHO
- Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
- Institute of Tropical Medicine Pedro Kouri, Cuba
- Estimation of the genetic diversity of Dengue, Chikungunya, and Zika viruses in mosquitoes from the Municipality of Medellin, Colombia.
- Early assessment of neglected tropical diseases in South America: Integrating social media information in reducing uncertainty in surveillance and preparedness efforts.
- Estimation of the vectorial role of Aedes albopictus in dengue transmission dynamics.
- Genetic structure and population dynamics of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) of the Department of Antioquia and its relationship with the incidence of dengue and susceptibility to insecticides.
Main Research Results
- Impact on national policies for surveillance and prevention of arboviral diseases.
- Characterization of the resistance/susceptibility status to insecticides in dengue vectors.
- Determination of new vector control products.
- Design of new mosquito traps.
- Vector-borne disease surveillance, prevention, and control activities.
- Focus study on vector-borne diseases.
- Expert advice on chemical control of vectors.
- Expert advice for the control of ectoparasitoses.
- Assessment of resistance to insecticides in malaria and dengue vectors.
- Assessment of efficiency of new chemical products against malaria and dengue vectors.
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