Support functions for development of new technologies for controlling transmission of mosquito-borne diseases

Support Functions for Development of New Technologies for Controlling Transmission of Mosquito-Borne Diseases is a continuation of research initiated under the FNIH's Vector-based Control of Transmission: Discovery Research (VCTR) program and Eliminate Dengue program, which are extensions of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative. The project provides the FNIH management and advisory services for research programs seeking to develop new cost-effective and sustainable biologic strategies for controlling mosquito-borne infections like malaria and dengue fever.

Among the activities supported by this project was the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Report "Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values." For more information, visit the Gene Drive Research-Related Activities webpage.

Read about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Malaria Strategy here.

Goals

  • Support creation of business development plans for two projects on biological/genetic control of disease transmission by mosquito vectors
  • Fund expert consultants an advisors to help guide and oversee effective product development and safe implementation of the business plans

Results & Accomplishments

  • Stakeholder Engagement Best Practices for Novel Vector Control Methods Workshop, November 2017 in Reston, VA USA.  
  • The African Academy of Sciences and FNIH co-convened a roundtable discussion on the potential of gene drive technology for malaria control, October 2016 in Nairobi Kenya. The roundtable brought together scientists from across Africa with expertise in infectious diseases, entomology and public health.  

Guidance Documents

Partners

Private-Sector Parnters:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation*
National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences

Academic Partners:
CSIRO
Denforth Plant Science Center

*Provided financial or in-kind support for this program.

FNIH Contacts

Stephanie James, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Science, sjames@fnih.org