Coordinating Research on Emerging Arboviral Threats Encompassing the Neotropics (CREATE-NEO)

Lead Organization: University of Texas Medical Branch
Pathogen Focus: Chikungunya Virus, Dengue Virus, Mayaro Virus, Yellow Fever Virus, and Zika Virus

The Coordinating Research on Emerging Arboviral Threats Encompassing the Neotropics (CREATE-NEO) project will combine arbovirus surveillance across Central and South America with predictive modeling efforts to better anticipate and counter arbovirus emergence. CREATE-NEO will forewarn local, regional, and global public health agencies of arboviruses within Central and South America that pose particularly high risk of spillover, emergence into transmission among humans, and/or international spread. CREATE-NEO will also build local capacity to detect, predict, and respond to emerging arboviruses at their point of origin, which will maximize the potential to avoid full-blown viral emergence. Importantly, CREATE-NEO can quickly redirect to address any emerging animal to human or biological vector-borne disease.

This Research Center is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U01AI151807

Nikos Vasilakis Principal Investigator (Contact) University of Texas Medical Branch Read Bio
Kathryn A. Hanley Co-Principal Investigator New Mexico State University Read Bio
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