6th International Conference on Phthiraptera

The 6th International Conference on Phthiraptera will showcase the latest research on parasitic lice and louse-borne pathogens and endosymbionts. All aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice will be addressed.


Brno, Czech Republic


23rd - 29th June 2018

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The 6th International Conference on Phthiraptera will showcase the latest research on parasitic lice and louse-borne pathogens and endosymbionts. All aspects of theory, principles, methodology, and practice will be addressed.

Most speakers and posters will be invited from submitted abstracts. Abstracts of accepted presentations will be printed in the proceedings.  We invite contributions in any area of research on lice, including the following topics:

  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of human lice
  • Systematic population genetics and evolution
  • Ecology and epidemiology of non-human lice
  • Medical and veterinary aspects of louse infestations
  • Techniques for studying lice
  • Phthirapterists and phthirapterology
  • Prophylaxis and control of lice
  • Microorganisms associated with lice

In the conference, 150-200 attendees are expected from countries around the world and include scientists working on various aspects of the biology and control of animal, bird and human lice. The group ranges from Ph.D. researchers working on new control methods to M.D.s, nurses and professional „nitpickers“. Among the attendees will be researchers studying one or more of the topics listed above.

Former events: ICP2 2002 (Brisbane, Australia); ICP3 2006 (Buenos Aires, Argentina); ICP4 2010 (Cappadocia, Turkey); ICP5 2014 (Utah, USA).

Anthelmintics III: from Discovery to Resistance

The third in a series of international symposia focusing on all aspects of anthelmintic drugs.


Clearwater, Florida, USA


30th Jan - 2nd Feb 2018

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Our objectives this symposium are similar to those of our three previous meeting in San Diego (2016), San Francisco (2014), and Philadelphia (2012).

We will review recent progress in anthelmintic drug development, modes of action of anthelmintic drugs, and how resistance to anthelmintic drugs emerges. We also seek to train and encourage graduate students and post-docs in these fields of research.

We are continuing our biannual meetings on anthelmintics for scientific and medical reasons because of the current ambitious use of anthelmintics for controlling and eliminating human helminth infections with Mass Drug Administration (MDA) and similar extensive use in animals. The continued use gives rise to concerns about the development of resistance and the need for novel compounds to overcome that resistance. We are left with a number of unanswered questions about the use of these anthelmintic drugs.

1) How do we develop new and more effect anthelmintics for the future given the concerns about anthelmintic resistance?

2) Do we know enough about the way these drugs work to use them optimally?

3) Intensive use of anthelmintic drugs in veterinary medicine has resulted in widespread resistance. How likely is this to occur in human medicine? How can the risks of resistance be detected and minimized?

Our conference is designed to address these questions.

For more information see http://register.extension.iastate.edu/anthelmintics

Concepts in Parasitology Course

A two-week course at ANU’s Kioloa campus offering students a unique opportunity to work with prominent Australian parasitologists and learn state-of-the-art research techniques.


Kioloa, Australia


26th Nov - 9th Dec 2017

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The following themes will be explored through lectures, tutorials and practicals during the course:

  • Evolution of Parasites
  • Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms
  • Drug Discovery
  • Parasites and the Immune System
  • Immuno-diagnostics of Parasitic Infections
  • Bioinformatics of parasite genomes
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary and Wildlife Parasitology
  • Vector borne Diseases

The course will explore the diversity of parasitic life-styles, answering questions such as:

  • What does it take to be a parasite?
  • What are the costs and benefits of parasitism?
  • What host defences have developed?
  • What mechanisms have evolved to find vectors and hosts efficiently?
  • What is the advantage of having multiple hosts?
  • What specific characteristics must an anti-parasitic drug have?
  • What are the chances of developing vaccines against parasitic diseases?
  • What will the future of parasitology look like?

To register, see: http://parasite.org.au/education/concepts-in-parasitology/


Infectious Disease ‘Omics Course

Short course 18th-20th Sept at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


LSHTM, London


18-20th Sept 2017

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Infectious diseases, such as HIV-AIDS, malaria, pneumonia and tuberculosis, account for 25% of global mortality and more than half of all deaths in children under the age of five years. The genetic epidemiology of these diseases can be complex, especially as they may involve several genomes, including the host, pathogen(s) and a vector. There is also a need to look beyond the genome to consider other ‘omes, such as the transcriptome, in a more systems biology framework.

High throughput genotyping and sequencing technologies are providing insights into these genomes, metabolomes, transcriptomes and proteomes, thereby revolutionising genetic epidemiological studies and biomedical research. The use of SNP chips in large-scale genome-wide studies of association and genic selection has revolutionized the study of human disease susceptibility. Whole genome studies of pathogens using high throughput sequencing technologies is leading to the ability to track microbial evolution over time and space, as well as identify variants correlated with phenotypes such as anti-microbial resistance. Further, RNAseq methodologies are being used to measure transcript abundance and differential gene expression across isolates.

To take full advantage of new ‘omic technologies requires the ability to analyse large amounts of data using methods from bioinformatics, population genetics and statistics – the focus of this course. Specifically, this course offers hands-on experience of processing sequencing data to construct genomes, identifying genomic variants and applying downstream methods, such as phylogenetics. Further, the course covers transcriptomic and proteomic analysis in human and pathogen settings. High profile examples, including malaria, TB and MRSA, will be used to illustrate the concepts, and there is a strong emphasis on how to implement the methods in practice, with the majority of sessions computer-based.

71st Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work (AVTRW) Annual Conference

The 71st Association for Veterinary Teaching and Research Work (AVTRW) Annual Conference will take place at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, on 12th-13th September 2017.


University of Surrey


12th - 13th Sept 2017

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Keynote speakers will include Dr Bryan Charleston, The Pirbright Institute, and Prof Roberto La Ragione, University of Surrey. We strongly encourage PhD students and early career researchers to present their research at the meeting.

For further information, to register and submit an abstract please click on the link below:



26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP 2017)

WAAVP 2017 will be held from the 4th to 8th September, 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme is 'Combating Zoonoses: Strength in East – West Partnerships'.


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


4th - 8th September 2017

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Find out more about the WAAVP 2017 Conference here.

Glycobiology in Infectious Disease

This two-day conference provides a platform for researchers investigating the multifactorial interface between glycobiology and the pathogenesis of parasites, viruses and bacteria. 


Keele University, UK


4th - 5th Sept 2017

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Glycobiology is a major aspect of molecular and cellular biology. There is increasing interest in elucidating the roles of carbohydrate moieties in the establishment and progression of infectious diseases.

Topics will include:

·         New tools and techniques

·         Pathogenesis and disease

·         Interventions, targets and strategies

Abstract deadline: 7 July 2017

Earlybird registration deadline: 7 July 2017

We encourage delegates from all career stages to submit abstracts. In addition to invited speakers, a number of oral presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts. The organisers especially encourage abstract submission from postgraduate and early career researchers.

See website here.


Anaerobic protists: Integrating parasitology with mucosal microbiota and immunology

Newcastle upon Tyne, 31 August – 03 September 2017.  The central theme of the event will be: "Integrating parasitology with mucosal microbiota and immunology".


Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


31st Aug - 3rd Sept 2017

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The specific objectives of this EMBO Conference (ICAP VI) are to:

  1. Promote information sharing and support the advancement of research by bringing together researchers with common interests on mucosal microbial parasites, including stimulating collaborations between parasitologists and between parasitologists and mucosal microbiologists and immunologists
  2. Support outstanding junior investigators in the field and promote international communication and collaborations
  3. Promote collegial interactions, open discussion and sharing of methodologies among researchers working on mucosal parasites including parasite interactions with the microbiota and the mucosal immune system.

The central theme of the event will be: "Integrating parasitology with mucosal microbiota and immunology". Two sessions will be dedicated to this theme and complemented by additional talks from other sessions. These two sessions will cover parasites of respectively the digestive and the urogenital tracts, two important cites where health and disease states are increasingly recognised as being influenced by complex interplay between the mucosal immune system, microbial eukaryotes, bacteria and viruses.

Other sessions will cover the most recent development on mucosal parasite genomics and molecular cell biology. Upon completion of the event participants will be able to:

  • Identify major players and pathways in host responses to mucosal microbial parasites
  • Define the term "immunobiome"
  • Generate novel hypotheses for mechanisms driving parasite adaptation to the host human-microbiota environment

Considered parasites will include: Trichomonas, Giardia, Entamoeba, Dientamoeba, Microsporidia, Cryptosporidium and related species.

See: http://meetings.embo.org/event/17-anaerobic-protists


ICIM-4 International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology

The 4th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology (ICIM4) will be held 18 – 23 August 2017 in Moscow, Russia.


Moscow, Russia


18th - 23rd Aug 2017

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ICIM 4 is devoted to actual questions and the most important achievements in the field of invertebrate morphology; to a wide range of scientific problems including the synthesis of classical morphology with advances in molecular taxonomy and phylogeny; to evolutionary developmental biology; to investigations on the structure of different groups of invertebrates; to the problem of miniaturization and the evolution of larval forms; and to modern achievements in the field of functional morphology and paleontology. Special attention will be paid to modern approaches and methods of morphological and evolutionary studies.

Congress symposia could be assigned to four major fields

(1) Recent advances in functional morphology;

(2) Special invertebrate morphology;

(3) Evolutionary theories;

(4) Advanced Microscopy and Morphology.

The congress will be hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), which is a perfect venue for this scientific society to gather, discuss and share ideas. The building of the Biological Department located directly on the MSU campus will open its gates to students, scientists and professors from all over the world. See website: http://www.icim4.com/