IECID 2020: Impact of Environmental Change on Infectious Disease

Call for Abstracts Open Now

Dates: 3-5 June 2020

Location: James Cook University, Singapore

IECID 2020 will bring together international researchers to discuss the impact of current and predicted future environmental changes on the distribution and epidemic potential of several important infectious diseases across the globe, and what actions need to be taken.

Call for short talks and posters: High level keynote and invited talks will be complemented by contributed short talks and large poster sessions for which abstracts are invited by 17 January 2020 on the following topics:

  • Climate change & infectious diseases (including vector borne diseases)
  • Extreme events/disaster preparedness (including heat waves, storms, floods)
  • Environmental change, zoonoses and co-infection
  • Food-borne diseases
  • New environments and new biosecurity risks
  • Urbanisation
  • New innovations in citizens’ involvement in mitigating/avoiding infectious disease outbreaks in a rapidly changing world
  •  Land use change, food security and infectious diseases
  • Biodiversity and infectious diseases
  • Water-borne diseases/aquatic hazards & environmental change
  • Neglected and emerging diseases & environmental change
  • Weekly to seasonal prediction and early warning of climate-sensitive disease risk

Innovation in inter-disciplinary approaches and technologies will be at the core of this conference. Cross-cutting themes will include new technologies (such as big data, AI, models); integrated multi-disciplinary approaches; UN Sustainable Development Goals. Opportunities for Early Career Researchers in the exciting, dynamic field of environmental change-health relationships will be both highlighted and promoted.

International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife (ICPOW)

The Parasitoloigical Society of Southern Africa (PARSA) ( has initiated a congress series called “International Congress on Parasites of Wildlife (ICPOW)” and the next meeting will be held in Kruger National Park, South Africa on 6-9 September 2020 (

Further details can be downloaded here.


Anthelminthics: Discovery to Resistance IV on 3-7th February 2020

Meetings Objectives

Our objectives this symposium are like those of our four previous meetings in Indian Rocks Beach (2018), San Diego (2016), San Francisco (2014), and Philadelphia (2012). Anthelmintics IV will be held in Los Angeles California, Feb 3 – Feb 7th, 2020 in the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club. It is a lovely venue and there is plenty to see in Los Angeles.

We will review recent progress in anthelmintic drug development, medicinal chemistry, modes of action of anthelmintic drugs, and how resistance to anthelmintic drugs emerges. We are interested in the helminth parasite infections of humans and animals, including flatworms, tapeworms, filaria and roundworms. We also recognize the importance of experimental models and include studies of anthelmintics on C. elegans. We also seek to train and encourage graduate students and post-docs in these fields of research so we have made an extra effort to invite early researchers the program.

Our biannual meetings on anthelmintics are driven by scientific and medical needs that arise from the now established ambitious use of anthelmintics for controlling and eliminating human helminth infections with Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and similar extensive use in animals. This continuous use has led to concerns about the development of resistance and the need for novel compounds to overcome that resistance in most of the helminth species. We recognize that there is real medical need to develop new anthelmintics and to address concerns about resistance but to do so successfully requires new technology, new science and training of graduates and post-docs.


Key dates


DELEGATE CHARGES: $400 except for Graduate Students, $200 – Late fees will increase each by $25 after January 6, 2020



Confirmed Invited Speakers include:

Tim Geary
Alexandra Grot
Jennifer Kaiser
John Chan
Thomas Unnasch
John Gilleard
Paul McVeigh 
Klaus Brehm
Kathryn Evans
Britta Lundstroem-Stadelmann


A flyer for the meeting is available to download here.

Gordon Research Conference: Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions 2020

The Molecular, Cellular and Biochemical Basis of Parasitism by Eukaryotic Pathogens, June 14-19, 2020

At the beautiful Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

Apply here:

(abstracts for posters or selected talks submission too)



Sexual Differentiation and Quorum Sensing

Laura Knoll (University of Wisconsin), Isabel Roditi (University of Bern), Andy Waters (University of Glasgow)

Immunology and Immuno-Suppression

P’ng Loke (NYU), Eva Frickel (The Crick Institute, UK), Meera Nair (UC Riverside)

Genome Instability and Genetic Diversity

Gerald Spaeth (Pasteur Institute), Jane Carlton (NYU), Richard Davis (University of Colorado), Jenny Guler (University of Virginia)

Parasite Motility and Invasion

Freddy Frischknecht (University of Heidelberg, Germany), Eva Gluenz (Oxford University, UK), Maryse LeBrun (University of Montpellier, France)

Parasite Dormancy and Persistence

Annemarie Voorberg van der Wel (Rijwsijk, Netherlands), Jon Boyle (University of Pittsburgh), Jean- Claude Dujardin (Antwerp, Belgium), Alex Paredez (University of Washington)

Molecular Biology and Gene Expression

Iris Bruchhaus (Bernhard Nocht Institute, Germany), Lyn-Marie Birkholtz (University of Pretoria, South Africa), Mohammed Ali-Hakimi (Grenoble, France)

Host Cell Responses and Manipulation by Parasites

Stefan Svard (Uppsala University, Sweden), Gordon Langsley (Paris, France), Melissa Lodoen (University of California at Irvine), Alex Loukas (James Cooke University, Australia)

New Intervention Strategies

Boris Striepen (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Jenni Zambriski (Virginia Tech University, USA), Jorg Moerhle (Medicines for Malaria Venture), Emily Derbyshire (Duke University, USA)

Metabolism and Drug Targets

Fred Bringaud (Bordeaux, France), Maria Mota (Lisbon, Portugal), Julio Martin (GSK Tres Cantos), Karl Hoffman (Aberystwyth University)


Parasites: Battle for Survival

Free Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland

Thursday 6 December 2019 to Sunday 19 April 2020

National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh


A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland will explore Scotland’s role in the fight to eliminate tropical diseases by tackling the parasites that cause them. Parasites: Battle for Survival will examine five deadly diseases, which together affect 1 in 18 people around the world and thrive in areas lacking access to clean water, healthcare and adequate sanitation.

Malaria, guinea-worm disease, sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis are among the diseases that the World Health Organization is aiming to eliminate, some as soon as 2020. All but Malaria are classified as neglected, meaning that historically they have seen a lack of interest and funding from healthcare groups and governments despite their huge impact.

Researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow are at the forefront of these efforts. They are collaborating with scientists and communities around the globe to understand, prevent and treat these debilitating diseases. If successful in eliminating one of them, it will be the first time a human disease has been eliminated since Smallpox was wiped out in 1979.

Presented in partnership with these three universities, this interactive, family friendly exhibition will explore the Scottish involvement in identifying and treating tropical disease and highlight the research currently taking place in Scotland. With a view to engaging young visitors in STEM subjects, the exhibition’s creators have collaborated with secondary school pupils to trial designs, games and text.

For further information, visit this link. Twitter: #ParasitesExhibition

Digitalization and Infectious Diseases: Improving patient outcome in the age of big data. Basel, 20-21 Jan 2020

  • Date: January 20-21, 2020
  • Venue: Congress Center, Basel, Switzerland
  • Conference website:
  • Registration: Registration now open here! Seats are limited!

What: This conference will enhance your insights of digitalization, machine learning and personalized health in infectious diseases. Most recent breakthroughs and translation into applications to clinics will be shown and discussed. Join the key opinion leaders in these fields and build your network with experts in information technology, machine learning and big data, clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, biomedical research, bioinformatics, law and ethics, and more.

Why: Without doubt, digitalization and machine learning will soon have a profound impact on the daily workflow of modern hospitals. In particular, the diagnostic process and the management of infectious diseases will be significantly improved due to data-driven approaches allowing the usage of digital biomarkers, complex medical decision support systems, and personalized advice based on big data and sophisticated algorithms. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram#digital_id2020  @digital_id2020

FAMH points available (5 points per day). CME accreditation pending

A flyer for the meeting is available to download here.

For any questions, please contact

We look forward to welcoming you at the conference!
On behalf of the organizing scientific committee, Personalized Health Basel team

Dr. Raffaello Ferone