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

 

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 is 10th March 2019

Wellcome Centre Anti-Infectives Research Conference

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Venue

University of Dundee

Dates

12 - 15 May 2019

 

The first conference of the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research aims to harness cross-disciplinary and cross-disease learning to accelerate drug discovery and reduce drug candidate attrition rates for infectious diseases affecting low and middle income countries. Conference attendees will take home new ideas and technologies which have been demonstrated to work; applying them to diseases where challenges to drug discovery are hampering progress.

The conference has been formatted to allow active participation of all conference delegates. Each session will feature talks from internationally recognised experts followed by a panel discussion providing the opportunity for the audience to discuss the issues raised with the speakers. There will also be plenty of networking opportunities through poster sessions and evening social events.

The organising committee encourage researchers working within disease endemic countries to attend and bring their first-hand knowledge of the impact of infectious diseases to the discussions. 20 travel bursaries worth up to £1,500 are available to those coming from low and middle income countries to assist with the costs of attending the conference. Thank you to MMV, DNDi, Novartis BioMedical Research Institute and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for sponsoring the travel bursaries.

Further information on registration, travel bursaries and abstract submission can be found on the conference website http://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/research/events/wcair-conference-2019 .

Deadlines

Abstract Submission

Short-talks: 31st October 2018

Posters: 31st December 2018

Registration

Early Bird, closes 30th November 2018: £300

Registration from 1st December 2018: £375

Registration closes: 5th April 2019

Invited Speakers

Bree Aldridge, Tufts University, Boston; Clif Barry, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda; Manu De Rycker, University of Dundee; Natalie Gobeau, Medicines for Malaria Venture; Paul Herrling; Jennifer Keiser, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute; Paul Leeson, Medicinal Chemistry Consultant; Didier Leroy, Medicines for Malaria Venture; James McCarthy, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane; Valerie Mizrahi, University of Cape Town; John Overington, Medicines Discovery Catapult; John Pottage, ViiV Healthcare; Isabela  Ribeiro, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative; Lynn Silver, Anti-bacterial consultant; Thomas Spangenberg, Merck Global Health Institute; Shyam Sundar, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi; Wesley Van Voorhis, University of Washington; Sir Nicholas White, Mahidol University, Thailand and Oxford University, UK; Susan Wyllie, University of Dundee.

 

Follow @WCAIRDundee #SOSID2019 for latest information on the conference.

 

Summer course in Entomology in France, August 2019

A Summer Course in Entomology will be held at the National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France, from the 26th to the 30th of August 2019.

The title of the course will be: “‘Hands on’ Course on Arthropods of Medical and Veterinary Significance: A global perspective, from theory to practice”, highlighting the ‘Global and One Health’ thematic approach chosen for this summer school.

Keynote speakers include: Prof Steve Torr from the Liverpool Tropical School, and Prof Richard Wall, from Bristol University.

The course will encompass topics such as vector-borne diseases, insecticide and acaricide resistance and vector control. It targets participants such as: postgraduate (MSc, PhD) students, Postdoctoral scientists, research fellows, entomologists, laboratory staff and EVPC residents and diplomats.

Further details are available here

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

Plasmodium Experimental Genetics Course

12 – 18 May 2019, Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Learn the latest experimental approaches for generating genetic mutations in human malaria parasites

This laboratory-based Advanced Course will give participants a working knowledge of, and practical experience in, cutting-edge Plasmodium experimental genetics techniques, from designing gene targeting vectors and creating transgenic parasites to genotyping and phenotyping the resulting strains.

The goal is to benefit the participants’ own research careers by exposing them to state-of-the-art experimental methods, while discussing the advantages and limitations of each approach. The course is targeted to early-career stage malaria scientists who are looking to establish and use Plasmodium transfection technology at their host institutes.

The week-long residential programme will cover experimental approaches to generating genetic mutations in the human malaria parasites Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium knowlesi. The course is hands-on and attendees will learn how to generate gene targeting constructs with a particular focus on CRISPR-Cas9 experimental design. Participants will also perform different transfection approaches, undertake practical exercises in genotyping of modified parasites, and both observe and learn advanced molecular phenotyping approaches including drug response assays and flow cytometry. Experimental genetic approaches in other malaria parasites including the rodent malaria model Plasmodium berghei will also be discussed.

The laboratory-based programme will be complemented by specific lectures in cutting-edge areas presented by a panel of distinguished guest speakers.

For more information, visit this link

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

Second ESEB-STN Workshop 2019

Methods to detect the underpinnings of host-parasite co-evolution in genomic data

25-28 March 2019

Technical University of Munich, Germany

 

Organizers
Aurélien Tellier, TU Munich, Germany
Amandine Cornille, Univ. Paris Sud, France
Daniel Croll, Univ. of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Dieter Ebert, Univ. of Basel, Switzerland
Ricardo C. Rodríguez de la Vega, Univ. Paris Sud, France
Eva Stukenbrock, MPI Plön, Germany
Peter Tiffin, Univ. of Minnesota, USA

Speakers/Instructors
Mike Boots, UC Berkeley, USA
Ailene McPherson, Uni. British Columbia, Canada
Miaoyan Wang, Uni. Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Meike Wittmann, Uni. Bielefeld, Germany
Hildegard Uecker, MPI Plön, Germany
Hanna Märkle, Sona John, Aurélien Tellier, TUM, Germany

Further details can be found here: http://www.popgen.wzw.tum.de/index.php?id=60