BSP Spring Meeting 2018

The 2018 Spring Meeting was held from 8th to 11th April at Aberystwyth University.

Venue

Aberystwyth

Dates

8th - 11th April 2018

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The meeting included Ecological Parasitology, Veterinary Parasitology and the Tryp/Leish Symposium.

Session organisers included: Jo Cable, Iain Chalmers, Rachel Chalmers, Mark Field, Paul Horrocks, Lisa Reimer, Alvaro Acosta Serrano, Richard Wall, Shona Wilson.  Local Organisers were: Justin Pachebat, Jo Hamilton, Russ Morphew & Karl Hoffmann.

The meeting featured a fantastic set of public engagement events in addition to the academic programme.  This included (with all events open to the public):

  • An opening talk on Sunday evening from Prof Peter Chiodini, Consultant Parasitologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Director of the Public Health England (PHE) Malaria Reference Laboratory and the PHE National Parasitology Reference Laboratory.  Professor Chiodini organises the UK National External Quality Assessment Schemes for Parasitology, is a member of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, the PHE Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention in Travellers and advises the National Blood Service on the prevention of transfusion-transmitted parasitic infections.
  • A 'Science Cafe' event on Monday evening
  • A series of both family-friendly and parasitology-themed films shown in the University's cinema throughout the meeting.

Speakers in the academic programme included:

  • Wendy Gibson, Bristol University
  • Shahid Khan, Leiden UMC
  • Susanne Kramer, Würzburg University
  • Annette MacLeod, University of Glasgow
  • Pascal Maser, Swiss TPH
  • Raymond Pierce, Pasteur Institute
  • Jesus Valenzuela, NIAID
  • John Thuita, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
  • Alex Loukas, James Cook University
  • Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Leiden UMC
  • Jim Collins, UT Southwestern
  • Ron Hokke, Leiden UMC
  • Amy Buck, Edinburgh University
  • Aaron Maule, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Volker Heussler, Bern University
  • Tim Yoshino, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Robert Poulin, Otago University
  • George Dimopoulos, John Hopkins
  • Grace Mulcahy, University College Dublin
  • David Thieltges, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Nigel Yarlett, PACE
  • Domenico Otranto, Bari University
  • Sarah Culloty, University College Cork
  • Eric Morgan, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Jane Hodgkinson, Liverpool University
  • Mike Doenhoff, Nottingham University

BSP Autumn Symposium 2019

Date for the diary: The 2019 Autumn Symposium will be held at Queens University Belfast, on ‘Post-genomic progress in helminth parasitology’.

Helminth parasites are pervasive pathogens that infect humans, animals and plants worldwide. They impact our agricultural productivity and are a significant cause of morbidity for humans in large parts of the developing world, where they are responsible for eight of the 17 neglected tropical diseases recognized by the WHO. Over the last 10-12 years, helminth parasitology research has been transformed by the appearance of genome, transcriptome, proteome and other “omics” datasets. These in turn have spurred the creation of a suite of functional genomic tools, allowing exploration of the vast amounts of data now available. These tools include RNA interference platforms in several species, while the first applications of CRISPR-based genome editing methods have recently been reported. Meanwhile, large-scale genome sequencing and re-sequencing efforts have proceeded apace, shedding new light on our understanding of evolution on a phylum-wide scale, and on development of anthelmintic resistance mechanisms. This one-day BSP Autumn Symposium aims to highlight some of these exciting research areas, where state-of-the-art technologies are being applied to helminth genome research.

Confirmed speakers include:

Venue

Queens University Belfast

Dates

23rd Sept 2019

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BSP Autumn Symposium 2018

The theme of the 2018 Autumn Symposium was Parasite Glycobiology. This exciting one-day symposium brought together leading expertise to discuss cutting-edge aspects of parasite glycobiology, including evolution of glycosylation pathways, structure and biosynthesis parasite glycoconjugates, disease biomarkers and other translational applications.

Organiser: Dr Alvaro Acosta-Serrano (pictured below)

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Speakers included François Routier (Hannover), Jay Bangs (Buffalo), Ian Wilson (Vienna), Richard Pleass (Liverpool), Cornelis Hokke (Leiden), Matthew Rogers (London), Luis Izquierdo (Barcelona), Andrew Jackson (Liverpool), Dolores González-Pacanowska (Granada) and Pedro Bonay (Madrid). The abstract book is available here.

Those presenting a poster were offered an opportunity to submit a manuscript to a special edition of Parasitology.

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BSP Spring meeting 2019

The 2019 Spring Meeting will be held at Manchester University on 15-17 April. The local organisers are Dr Ilaria Russo and Prof Kathryn Else, working with Prof Geoff Hide, Prof Guy Caljon, Prof Ron Hokke and Dr Erinma Ochu.

Keynote speakers include: Prof Joanne Webster (Royal Veterinary College) and Prof Patricia Wright (Stoneybrook, USA) for One Health and Prof Andy Miah (Salford) for Science Communication.

A flyer for the meeting is available to download here.

 

 

Venue

Manchester University

Dates

15th - 17th April 2019

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This meeting will be run in partnership with the Belgian Society of Parasitology and Protistology (BSPP) and the Dutch Society for Parasitology (NVP).
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