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Research Project: Development of Wearable Controlled Release Dispensers (W-CRD)

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research

Project Number: 6036-32000-050-66-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Mar 1, 2017
End Date: Aug 30, 2018

Objective:
Develop wearable controlled release dispensers (W-CRDs) to contain substances that protect individuals from mosquito bites.

Approach:
This research will be conducted using the “bite protection” assay developed by MFRU/CMAVE to establish the level at which wearable controlled release dispensers (W-CRDs) protect from mosquito bites. Devices will be tested U.S. Army uniform fabrics to ascertain the level at which the system prevents mosquito bites. The source of devices will be from DRAS-INDY VP GFEBS (GearJump Technologies). The bite protection assay will be conducted on using human volunteers in an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved study protocol. Volunteers wear devices and uniform material to test if the system prevents mosquito bites in a laboratory assay. The results will be compared to controls to determine the benefit of the systems in terms of percentage reduction in mosquito bites. Studies are intended to be tested against multiple strains of mosquitoes to determine if the strain affects the outcome of the experiments. Chemical analysis will be conducted by the Natick Soldier Center. The final report is used by the United States Army to determine if this system functions to prevent bites and if it does, to determine the duration of this protection.