Hydra Conference on Parasitic Helminths – New Perspectives in Biology and Infection

We are pleased to announce that the Hydra Conference on Parasitic Helminths - New Perspectives in Biology and Infection, at the Bratsera Hotel, Hydra, Greece, will be held from 1 to 6 September 2019.  After 12 successful meetings under the banner of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites, the Conference has a new name, but will keep its special atmosphere of cutting-edge science and extensive discussion within a small meeting format.  We are also returning to the same beautiful venue that has hosted the Conference since 2002, and the meeting is being co-organised by Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels and Murray Selkirk.

The conference will begin on the evening of Sunday 1 September, and run through until the evening of Thursday 5 September; delegates will depart on the morning of Friday 6 September.  As in previous meetings, most presentations will be selected from submitted Abstracts in themed sessions, together with an exciting set of invited speakers representing helminth research from around the world:

Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado  (Keynote), Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Wellington, Kansas City, USA

Amy Buck, Institute for Immunology and Infection, University of Edinburgh, UK

Luisa Cochella, Institute for Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria

Alison Elliott, MRC Uganda Virus Institute, Entebbe, Uganda

Carolina Escobar, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain

Elodie Ghedin, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York University, USA

Nicola Harris, Immunology and Pathology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Karl Hoffmann, Aberystwyth University, UK

P'ng Loke, Department of Microbiology (Parasitology), New York University, USA

Peter Sarkies, MRC London Institute for Medical Sciences, Imperial College London, UK

William Sullivan, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, USA

In 2019, the Conference will include a special Mini-Symposium on Small RNAs combining both invited speakers and talks chosen from Abstracts. In addition there will be around 40 oral presentations selected from the Abstracts, and a similar number of Posters; the poster sessions are kept to a limited size and all presenters give a 2-minute "Poster Pitch" to the whole conference immediately before the session, which has proven an excellent formula to maximise interest in every poster.

We will be extending the period for registration on the Conference website, http://hydra.bio.ed.ac.uk, to start from Monday 14 January 2019.  The closing date for registration will be Friday 29 March.

As capacity of the meeting is limited to 100 participants, please await confirmation before making travel arrangements. In case of over-subscription, places will be allocated on the basis of abstracts. Confirmation of participation will be sent shortly after the closing date. The registration fee (which includes all events, refreshments, some evening meals etc) will be announced shortly prior to registration. No payment will be required prior to confirmation.

We would also like to draw attention to our Bursary scheme which will cover costs for a small number of younger scientists from Africa, Asia and Latin America to attend the Conference.

We will be pleased to answer any questions if you contact us on Hydra@ed.ac.uk.

Finally, we are delighted that from 2019 two great new investigators will join the Hydra Organising Committee, Dr Amy Buck (University of Edinburgh, UK), and Dr Jim Collins (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA). Please feel free to contact any of us with comments or suggestions about the Conference.

We're sure that this will be another exciting and enjoyable meeting, with the same informal and interactive atmosphere as in previous years. We look forward to seeing you there!

Richard E. Davis, Niki Gounaris, Rick Maizels, Murray Selkirk