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.

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.

Training workshop in Karachi, Pakistan: New Anti-leishmanial Leads from Natural Sources: Concepts and Approaches

Dr Paul Denny (Durham University) and colleagues in Pakistan will be running a training workshop in Karachi (8-9th Nov 2019) focused on the identification, isolation and characterisation of natural product antileishmanials.

For more information on this opportunity, please see:

Full bursaries are available for those most in need, and working towards our goals of anti-leishmanial and/or anti-Chagas discovery. Also all bursary funded participants will also be fully supported (fees and accommodation) to attend the 7th International Symposium-cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (MMDR-7), from 4th-7th November.

If you have any queries about the workshop, please check the website or contact Paul Denny directly (

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