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The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has adopted an initiative to assure that the federal government and other agencies will take early action to provide adequate support for research and training in tropical medicine. I am an advocate of this initiative.
I was stimulated to prepare this editorial by the above action and the presentation of the Charles Franklin Craig Lecture by Duane Gubler, which is the lead article in this issue of the Journal. His title is “Aedes aegypti and Aedes aegypti-borne disease control in the 1990s: top down or bottom up.” Gubler, a medical entomologist, has taken a leadership role in the development of a novel approach for control of dengue. This is the type of development that is needed and is conceived of in the current initiative of our Society.