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

ABSTRACTS WITH REGISTRATION DUE BEFORE DECEMBER, 1ST, 2019

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

TRAVEL AWARDS FOR GRAD STUDENTS, DEPENDING ON SPONSORSHIP. INFORMATION ON APPLICATION, LATER

 

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.

Eukaryome 2019

Eukaryome impact on Intestine homeostasis and mucosal immunology

16-18 October 2019 at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Multiple demographic or economic parameters contribute to the origin of emerging infections, for example: poverty, urbanization, climate change, conflicts and population migrations. All these factors are a challenge to assess the impact (present and future) of parasitic diseases on public health. The intestine is a major target of these infections; it is a nutrient-rich environment harbouring a complex and dynamic population of 100 trillion microbes: the microbiome. Most researches on the microbiome focus on bacteria, which share the gut ecosystem with a population of uni- and multi cellular eukaryotic organisms that may prey on them.  Our interest focuses on the families of eukaryotic microbes inhabiting the intestine, called “intestinal eukaryome”, that include fungi, protists and helminths. Knowledge on the reciprocal influence between the microbiome and the eukaryome, and on their combined impact on homeostasis and intestinal diseases is scanty and can be considered as an important emerging field. Furthermore, the factors that differentiate pathogenic eukaryotes from commensals are still unknown. In this congress our wish is to attract people interested in the eukaryome, especially during infection.

The conferences will address the following topics:

  1. Phylogenetic, prevalence, and diversity of intestinal eukaryotic microbes; and their (still enigmatic) historical evolution and potential contributions to mucosal immune homeostasis.
  2. Integrative biology to study the molecular cell biology of parasite-host interactions and the multiple parameters underlining the infectious process.
  3. The exploitation of tissue engineering and microfluidics to establish three-dimensional (3D) systems that help to understand homeostasis and pathological processes in the human intestine.

For further details on the meeting and how to register, see this link

 

5th International Meeting on Apicomplexan Parasites in Farm Animals (ApicoWplexa)

The 5th International Meeting on Apicomplexan Parasites in Farm Animals(ApicoWplexa) will be held on 2–4 October 2019 in Berlin, Germany

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 5th International Meeting on Apicomplexan Parasites in Farm Animals (ApicoWplexa) in Berlin from 2–4 October 2019. This meeting will be in line with the highly successful ApicoWplexa conferences held so far. It is our task to provide you with good conditions for networking and scientific exchange in the field of apicomplexan parasites in livestock.

The meeting will overarch the different areas of research on apicomplexan parasites in farm animals, from molecular and cell biology over host-parasite interactions, immunology to epidemiology and control of infections with these parasites. Knowledge on all these aspects is prerequisite to develop intervention strategies, effective vaccines or drugs. New vaccines, drugs and novel intervention strategies against apicomplexan parasites in livestock will therefore be key topics of the up-coming conference in Berlin.

The ApicoWplexa conferences focused in the past on toxoplasmosis, neosporosis, besnoitiosis, eimeriosis, babesiosis and theileriosis. In the ApicoWplexa meeting in Berlin, we wish to cover also cryptosporidiosis due to its importance as a zoonotic disease. We also plan to dedicate more time on the One-Health aspect of apicomplexan parasites in farm animals.

The meeting will take place at the Steglitz-International-Hotel, in Berlin, Germany (https://www.si-hotel.com/). The venue is easily reachable from the airports of Berlin in less than one hour by public transport.

Conference homepage: http://www.apicowplexa.de/

To stay up-to-date please subscribe to the ApicoWplexa newsletter here.

Important dates

Registration opens – 4 March 2019

Start of abstract submission – 4 March 2019

End of abstract submission – 31 May 2019

Notification of abstract submitters – End of June/Beginning of July 2019

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

11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH)

16-20 September 2019 in Liverpool, UK

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is delighted and proud to be hosting ECTMIH 2019 in Liverpool, UK on behalf of the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH).

2019 has specific significance for the tropical medicine community, as it will mark the 25th anniversary of FESTMIH, of which RSTMH is a proud member. This will form a great opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made in the last quarter of a century in terms of investigation, innovation and implementation, and is a chance to consider what we can expect from the next 25 years for tropical medicine and global health.

Advances in diagnostics, treatment, vector control, progress towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the huge increase of non-communicable disease, particularly in built environments, as well as contexts of climate change, animal health, man-made and natural disasters and growing economic inequality all bring new challenges to our sector. Throughout the meeting, we will include research from the laboratory and from the field, including implementation research, awareness and policymaking so that we can ensure a range of first-hand experience feeds into the impact of the Congress. We also want to highlight work from young researchers and this is part of one of our tracks.

Further details on the meeting programme and how to register can be found on this link

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts was 10th March 2019

Royal Microscopical Society Flow Cytometry course 2019

This will be held at University of York from 8-13th September 2019.

The Flow Cytometry Course is aimed at both life science and clinical science fields, with the common fundamentals covered on day 1 and 2. The course then splits into life science and clinical orientated modules, from practical demonstrations to lectures highlighting not just the applications, but best practise as well.

Full details on the course and how to register can be found 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: https://ntd-network.org/event/karachi2019/

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 (p.w.denny@durham.ac.uk)