2006-05-04 / News

Council to learn about tick diseases on May 8

A tick expert is slated to tell the Town Council and interested residents how to avoid ticks and the Lyme disease they carry in a talk at Monday's, May 8, council meeting starting at 7 p.m. at the library.

Scheduling the talk is part of the efforts being made by town officials to overcome the problems caused by the island's overly large deer population.

The expert, Dr. Thomas Mather, professor of medical and veterinary entomology at the University of Rhode Island, will present information based on his work on suppressing tick populations and transmission of tickborne diseases. For more than 10 years, he has been studying Lyme disease and strategies to control ticks, working with health officials, industrial partners, and homeowners. His most recent programs focus on landscape techniques using geographic information systems (GIS).

As director of URI's Center for Vector-Borne Disease, Mather coordinates a multi-disciplinary approach that is being used worldwide towards studying and controlling diseases. His research is contributing to efforts to find a vaccine to prevent Lyme disease. He is working with a team that has led to URI becoming a leader in

training engineers for the global marketplace and a national model for

creating a multidisciplinary doctoral program.

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