Thank you for visiting the TickEncounter Resource Center (TERC) at the University of Rhode Island. We distinguish ourselves by focusing on tick-bite protection for tick-borne disease prevention. TickEncounter is the outreach arm of our multi-pronged approach to "solving the tick problem" both locally, nationally, and around the globe. TickEncounter provides our principle means for connecting with stake-holders, and extending tick control and tick-borne disease prevention research to end-users in an engaging way that empowers them to take appropriate action. Our newest campaign "Be TickSmart™. Stay Tick-Safe!" aims to help families and others get out, exercise and enjoy nature without letting "that one little bit of nature (ticks)" enjoy them.
URI's Center for Vector-Borne Disease (CVBD) is devoted to conducting basic and applied research leading to better strategies for predicting and preventing insect- and arthropod-transmitted infections locally and world-wide. We work on advancing novel concepts like anti-tick vaccine strategies for broad spectrum protection against tick-borne disease. We track diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis locally, and share our methods to develop similar disease surveillance programs around the world. We evaluate new products and assist others in developing and testing their product concepts. We respond to outbreaks locally and draw on our multi-disciplinary expertise to assist HEALTH at all levels with emerging and re-emerging infectious disease problems.
Stand Up Against Lyme (SUAL) currently is a URI Alumni Affinity chapter providing a forum for our community, within Rhode Island and wherever our alumni have moved, to stay connected and aware of new developments related to tick-borne diseases. URI's recognized stature and efforts in tick bite prevention and tick-borne disease prevention are a point-of-pride for the University and the State of Rhode Island, and SUAL can provide a voice, whether it be to better marshal funding support for solving the tick problem or sharing stories of strategies that have worked to fight back against ticks and the diseases they inflict.
So, whether it's developing an anti-tick vaccine, evaluating natural tick control products or targeted delivery systems, or creating innovative interactive decision support tools and products to guide users in taking the most effective approaches to solving their own tick problem, The University of Rhode Island TickEncounter Resource Center and our partners are probably doing it!
This site was built by a partnership between the URI TickEncounter Resource Center and the URI 3D Group for Interactive Visualization. It is supported by grants, sponsors, and private donations from the broader community of tick bite victims, and those that don't want to be tick bite victims.
Thomas N. Mather
Neeta Pardanani Connally
Cynthia E. Field
Kimberly Kowal Arcand