Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease Dynamics 2019 Course – Application and Bursary Deadline Approaching

The application deadline for the 2019 Mathematical Models for Infectious Disease Dynamics course is now approaching. Limited bursaries (up to 50% of the course fee) are also available.

Applications and bursary requests must be received by 8 November 2018. Apply now>

This popular course covers the latest quantitative techniques for modelling infectious disease dynamics and control in humans, animals or plants.

 

Programme:

The programme will cover introductory and advanced concepts in mathematical modelling of infectious diseases, including:

  • Mathematical review (calculus, probability, etc.)
  • Population dynamics
  • Deterministic and stochastic models
  • Modelling structured populations: age-structured, spatial and network models
  • Applied programming with R
  • Statistical estimation of models
  • Computer-based simulations

 

Professor Chris Arme wins Distinguished Parasitologist prize

Chris Arme

Congratulations to Professor Chris Arme who has been awarded the Distinguished Parasitologist prize by the World Federation of Parasitologists, following his nomination by the BSP. The award recognises Chris's career as an academic scientist, his work as a government advisor, and, since his retirement from Keele University, as the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Parasites and Vectors. Chris was a founding member of the BSP in 1962 and later became President of the Society.

NC3Rs 2019 Funding – Launch Event on 4th Sept 2018

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:

  1. Drosophila
  2. Nematodes, e.g. C. elegans
  3. Galleria mellonella
  4. Zebrafish embryos and larvae (prior to protection under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, less than 5 days post-fertilisation (dpf))

Further details on priority areas, the launch workshop and how to register (by 21st August) are available here.

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

Cystic Echinococcus: accelerating advocacy and research

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

Congratulations to the BSP Spring Meeting 2018 Poster Prize winners

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.

 

Invitation for Expressions of Interest for BSP Honorary Officer Roles

Three Officer Roles available from April 2019

The BSP Council is now seeking expressions of interest from the membership for three of the Honorary Officer roles – Hon General Secretary, Hon Meetings Secretary and Hon Treasurer. These roles are for three years and will commence in April 2019 with those appointed having the opportunity to shadow the current Officers until this time. Please find here the call as well as descriptions of the Honorary Officer roles available: Invitation for expression of interest in BSP Honorary Officer roles
Expressions of interest are required by June 25th 2018 by email to: p.d.horrocks@keele.ac.uk.

Travel Awards for Annual SBPz Meeting in Caxambu, Brazil

The Brazilian Society for Protozoology (SBPz) are very pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for the “SBPz Travel Award”. This is a financial support in the form of payments for accommodation costs (3 days) and registration fees for the XXXIV Annual Meeting of SBPz that will be awarded to post-graduate students and post-docs from foreign countries and residents abroad who are interested in presenting their work at the next meeting on November 05 to 07 at the Hotel Glória in Caxambu, MG. With this award, SBPz seeks to stimulate the interaction between young researchers from different countries and Brazilian members of this Society, to increase the possibility for new collaborations between Brazilian groups and foreign researchers as well as creating opportunities for foreign researchers interested in developing their research in Brazil.
To apply, candidates must submit by e-mail: sbpztravelaward@sbpz.org.br by 20 June.
(1) Full Name;
(2) Category (Postgraduate or Postdoc);
(3) Abstract according to instructions here: http://sbpz.org.br/en/sbpz-travel-award-2/
(4) Copy of passport;
(5) Letter from PhD or postdoctoral supervisor indicating the importance of the participation of the student/postdoc at the Annual Meeting of SBPz..
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by a committee of members of the SBPz scientific board and the result with the names of the winners will be announced before the final date for abstract submission. Dr. Edmundo Carlos Grisard, SBPz President
e-mail: sbpztravelaward@sbpz.org.br (please contact SBPz directly for all enquiries)

BSP Spring Meeting 2018

The 2018 Spring Meeting was held from 8th to 11th April at Aberystwyth University.

Venue

Aberystwyth

Dates

8th - 11th April 2018

More information

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