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Prof. Scott O'Neill, Director

Professor Scott O'Neill (PhD FAA FAAAS) is Director of the World Mosquito Program. He has spent his academic career at the University of Illinois, Yale University, the University of Queensland and Monash University where until recently he was the Dean of Science.

Scott leads a large international not-for-profit initiative that works to protect the global community from mosquito-borne diseases, the World Mosquito Program.

The World Mosquito Program, formerly known as the Eliminate Dengue Program, uses naturally occurring bacteria - called Wolbachia - to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit harmful diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya. In areas where these diseases are endemic, the WMP is working with the community, local health organisations and governments to implement its self-sustaining method through controlled releases.

The World Mosquito Program has expanded rapidly since launching its first pilot study in Australia in 2011. Following promising results from international pilot studies, local governments and communities are embracing the WMP’s Wolbachia method in 12 countries.