Oxitec and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Vectors based at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) have successfully concluded an “Intensive Workshop on Wild Type and Genetically Modified Aedes Mosquitoes”. This 7-day intensive workshop was conducted from 26th September to 2nd October 2007 in IMR’s campus in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. IMR is the research arm of the Ministry of the Health Malaysia.
Lee Han Lim, Workshop’s Dean and Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Vectors, said: “Since 2002, about 30,000 cases of dengue are notified annually. This intensive workshop is therefore a timely exercise to help evaluate promising techniques to combat the dengue menace”.
Workshop Convenor and Oxitec’s Head of Public Health S.S. Vasan said: “This event is part of Oxitec’s commitment to collaborate and advance research capacity in dengue endemic countries”. The intensive workshop was attended by delegates from Oxitec, IMR, as well as the Centre for Research in Medical Entomology (CRME), Madurai (India), and the International Institute of Biotechnology and Toxicology in Padappai, India.