Providing WRAIR with Entomology Services
The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) recently awarded a three-year contract to General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc. (GDIT) and its team, ClinicalRM and CAMRIS International. Under this contract, the team will provide the technical expertise and support services necessary to perform entomological research in support of the institute’s Entomology Branch, which includes four departments: Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (WRBU), Diagnostics and Laboratory Services (DLS), Vector and Parasite Biology (VPB), and Vector Control (VC). CAMRIS will provide WRAIR with the following services:
- Support the detection of military relevant infectious diseases in arthropod vectors.
- Develop arthropod processing methods for downstream testing to detect pathogens.
- Develop novel assays to rapidly identify vector species.
- Develop assays and protocols to identify the molecular basis of insecticide resistance by arthropod vectors.
- Perform preclinical and regulated diagnostic activities.
- Provide vector parasite culture services.
- Develop and implement research products and controlled human malaria infection (CHMI) clinical trials.
- Provide vector biologist support services.
Ms. April Lueben, Director of Military Medicine, affirmed, “CAMRIS looks forward to this partnership with GDIT. This new contract expands CAMRIS’ current entomology work that has been conducted through the Naval Medical Research Unit – 3 in Cairo, Egypt. The CAMRIS team in Yemen worked with mosquitos and other vectors to control and survey vector-borne disease outbreaks, such as malaria and dengue fever, in the region. Expanding our entomology work at WRAIR allows CAMRIS to continue to provide support for disease research and control for our service members and civilians.”
CAMRIS is a growing research and international development firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. CAMRIS has been supporting military medical research since 2008. In addition to providing entomology services, CAMRIS currently provides WRAIR’s Antimicrobial Research Program (ARMoR) with the needed infrastructure to support ongoing antimicrobial resistance research efforts.
WRAIR is the U.S. Department of Defense’s largest and most diverse biomedical research laboratory. Based in Silver Spring, MD, the institute provides basic and applied medical research services and delivers life-saving products to maintain the combat effectiveness of our service members.