The Gnatwork: building capacity for research on neglected vectors
The Gnatwork brings together researchers on blackflies, sandflies and biting midges from around the world to address technical issues that arise when working on small biting flies.
Over the course of the Gnatwork, we have run three funding calls to support collaborative small-scale studies within the community.
The Gnatwork hosted two international workshops (Bangladesh 2018 and Brazil 2019) over the course of the project.
The Ceratopogonidae Information Exchange
Hosted by Belmont University to provide information on the Dipteran family Ceratopogonidae.
Principal Investigator, Dr. Marion England (The Pirbright Institute, UK) was working on her Community-Call project and was due to travel to Ghana in March when Covid-19 hit.
Read more about how the project continues despite the difficult circumstances.
The University of Georgia (UGA) Black Fly Rearing and Bioassay Laboratory has been awarded a contract with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to provide partial support for the world's only black fly colony.
As the projects continue is reduced circumstances due to the global pandemic, we catch up with one of our co-investigators, who was unable to travel home due to the flight ban.