Major areas of interest are focused on risk assessment of arboviral diseases and development of new tools for mosquito surveillance and control.
Field-based entomological research, environmental analysis (including remote and /or GIS-based data), and social studies are integrated to model the emergence and dispersal of Aedes-transmitted arboviruses.
New methodologies for early warning, surveillance and monitoring, are under development, as well as improved tools for vector control. Regarding the latter, new approaches for individual protection against mosquito bites are being designed and implemented in collaboration with other research groups and also in joint ventures with industry.
Team: Gonçalo Alves (Collaborating researcher), Gonçalo Seixas and Donald Salami (PhD Students), Alanny Moutinho (MSc researcher) and Teresa Nazareth (Post-Doc researcher).
- Seixas G., Grigoraki L., Weetman D., Vicente J.L., Silva A.C., Pinto J., Vontas J., Sousa C.A. (2017). Insecticide resistance is mediated by multiple mechanisms in recently introduced Aedes aegypti from Madeira Island (Portugal). PLOS Neglected Diseases: 11(7), e005799
- Nazareth T.L., Teodósio R., Porto G., Gonçalves L., Seixas G., Silva A.C., Sousa C.A. (2014). Strengthening the perception-assessment tools for Dengue prevention: a cross-sectional survey in a temperate region (Madeira, Portugal). BMC Public Health, 15:14-39. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-39.
- Capinha C., Rocha J., Sousa C.A. (2014). Macroclimate Determines the Global Range Limit of Aedes aegypti. Ecohealth. 11: 420-428. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-014-0918-y
- Richard P., Sousa C.A., Sakuntabhai A., Devine G. (2014) Mosquito control might not bolster imperfect dengue vaccines. Lancet, 384: 1747-1748.
- Sousa C.A., Clairouin M., Seixas G., Viveiros B., Novo M.T., Silva A.C., Escoval M.T., A Economopoulou A. (2012). Ongoing outbreak of dengue type 1 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Portugal: preliminary report. Eurosurveillance 17: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20333