Luis Enrique Hernandez Castro from the University of Glasgow recently took a field trip to Ecuador to investigate triatomine bugs. This was funded by the BSP International Training and Fieldwork Award 2018. The fascinating report from his trip can be found here. Further details on the funding scheme can be found here.
The NC3Rs will soon be launching their new funding scheme priority area for 2019.
The 2019 funding highlight notice will be aimed at encouraging greater use of non-mammalian model organisms for 3Rs purposes, and it will run across all of their response mode funding schemes. They will be launching the highlight notice at a forthcoming workshop in central London on 4 September. The workshop will be a great opportunity to hear about the scientific and 3Rs applications of non-mammalian model organisms, learn more about the highlight notice and how to submit a competitive application to the NC3Rs, showcase relevant research and meet new potential partners to submit a grant application with.
The non-mammalian model organisms considered within remit of the highlight notice are:
- Nematodes, e.g. C. elegans
- Galleria mellonella
- Zebrafish embryos and larvae (prior to protection under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, less than 5 days post-fertilisation (dpf))
Workshop in Lima, Peru on 16-19 October 2018 funded by the Researcher Links scheme
Under the Researcher Links scheme offered within the Newton Fund, the British Council and the Peruvian Council for Science and Technology (CONCYTEC) will be holding a workshop on cystic echinococcus in Lima (Peru) on 16-19 October 2018. The workshop is being coordinated by the University of Surrey (UK) and the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru), and will have contributions from other leading researchers. We are now inviting Early Career Researchers (with less than 10 years post PhD or equivalent research experience) from the UK or Peru to apply to attend this workshop. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Research Links programme. 10 places are available.
Applications are now open until 1 August 2018. Apply now
The British Society of Parasitology congratulates the winners of the Spring Meeting poster prize competition sponsored by Parasites & Vectors and Malaria Journal (BMC) and Elsevier. The following winners were selected from some 100 posters presented at the meeting held at Aberystwyth University.
Janine Coombes – University of Liverpool: “Developing a 3D intestinal epithelium model for studying gastrointestinal infections of livestock species”
Alessandra Crusco – Aberystwyth University: “Design, synthesis and antihelmintic activity of 7-keto-sempervirol analogues”
Zandile Nare – University of Edinburgh: “Towards new drugs for trypanosomatid diseases based on specific high-affinity inhibitors of RNA editing ligase 1” (pictured centre)
Tegwen Mariais – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: “Comparative ‘omics’ for identification of coproantigens for diagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis infection” (pictured left)
Maria Ines Neves – The Royal Veterinary College – “Estimating schistosome worm burdens using parental analysis” (pictured right)
Many thanks to our sponsors and to the poster judges: Kevin Tyler, Domenico Otranto, Frank Katzner, Maria-Gloria Basanez (BMC editors), Paul Horrocks, Paul Denny and Poppy Lamberton.
Three Officer Roles available from April 2019
The 2018 Spring Meeting was held from 8th to 11th April at Aberystwyth University.
8th - 11th April 2018
The meeting included Ecological Parasitology, Veterinary Parasitology and the Tryp/Leish Symposium.
Session organisers included: Jo Cable, Iain Chalmers, Rachel Chalmers, Mark Field, Paul Horrocks, Lisa Reimer, Alvaro Acosta Serrano, Richard Wall, Shona Wilson. Local Organisers were: Justin Pachebat, Jo Hamilton, Russ Morphew & Karl Hoffmann.
The meeting featured a fantastic set of public engagement events in addition to the academic programme. This included (with all events open to the public):
- An opening talk on Sunday evening from Prof Peter Chiodini, Consultant Parasitologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Director of the Public Health England (PHE) Malaria Reference Laboratory and the PHE National Parasitology Reference Laboratory. Professor Chiodini organises the UK National External Quality Assessment Schemes for Parasitology, is a member of the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens, the PHE Advisory Committee on Malaria Prevention in Travellers and advises the National Blood Service on the prevention of transfusion-transmitted parasitic infections.
- A 'Science Cafe' event on Monday evening
- A series of both family-friendly and parasitology-themed films shown in the University's cinema throughout the meeting.
Speakers in the academic programme included:
- Wendy Gibson, Bristol University
- Shahid Khan, Leiden UMC
- Susanne Kramer, Würzburg University
- Annette MacLeod, University of Glasgow
- Pascal Maser, Swiss TPH
- Raymond Pierce, Pasteur Institute
- Jesus Valenzuela, NIAID
- John Thuita, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
- Alex Loukas, James Cook University
- Maria Yazdanbakhsh, Leiden UMC
- Jim Collins, UT Southwestern
- Ron Hokke, Leiden UMC
- Amy Buck, Edinburgh University
- Aaron Maule, Queen’s University Belfast
- Volker Heussler, Bern University
- Tim Yoshino, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Robert Poulin, Otago University
- George Dimopoulos, John Hopkins
- Grace Mulcahy, University College Dublin
- David Thieltges, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
- Nigel Yarlett, PACE
- Domenico Otranto, Bari University
- Sarah Culloty, University College Cork
- Eric Morgan, Queen’s University Belfast
- Jane Hodgkinson, Liverpool University
- Mike Doenhoff, Nottingham University
The CA Wright Memorial medal is awarded by the British Society of Parasitology to recognise individuals who through their research have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the discipline of Parasitology. This year, the Society was pleased to announce that the CA Wright Memorial Medal will be awarded to Dr Annette MacLeod of Glasgow University. Annette will receive her medal on Wednesday 11th April 2018 and deliver her Medal lecture entitled “Trypanosomes get under your skin”. Here she will describe how the impact of natural genetic variation in both Trypanosoma brucei gambiense and human host, as well as her discovery of overlooked reservoirs of the parasite in skin, can be exploited to combat sleeping sickness.
We have previously held a very successful photographic competition and we hope to revive this for this year’s BSP Spring Conference at Aberystwyth University @BSPaber2018.
For this year’s competition we have two categories:
1) My Favourite Parasite
2) Parasitology and Me.
To enter this year’s competition, please send a picture (photo or drawing) of your favourite parasite, or a picture of what parasitology is for you, to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE for submissions 2nd APRIL.
Please also send a brief descriptor (max. 100 words) of your entry that can be used to explain the image.
We intend to exhibit all of the photos we receive at an exhibition at the BSP spring meeting.
The winner for each category will receive their photo, beautifully framed, at the meeting.
Photo competition rules:
- Entries must be at least 4 megapixels in size.
- Colour OR black and white images are acceptable.
- The photographer/creator must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of the pictures entered into the competition.
- Any pictures that we consider to be objectionable will be deleted. Reasons for deletion includes abusive, obscene, slanderous, threatening, pornographic and law-breaking images.
- All rights retained by the entrants. However, the British Society for Parasitology shall be free to use all entries for the purposes of future promotion. By entering you agree that any image you submit may be used by the British Society for Parasitology solely for the purposes of promotion.
- All entrants are deemed to have accepted the rules and agreed to be bound by them.
- You agree to accept all liability for the legality of content you submit and will not hold the British Society for Parasitology responsible for any damages that may result.
A recent issue of Philosophical Transactions B - "Opening the black box: re-examining the ecology and evolution of parasite transmission", compiled and edited by Joanne Lello and Andy Fenton, is now completely FREE to access!
The articles can be accessed directly at http://rstb.