“Parasitologists, microbiologists and chemists came together for fruitful discussions at the British Society for Parasitology 2016 Autumn Symposium…” writes Dr Paul Denny, symposium organiser, in this week’s Bugbitten blog.
This year’s symposium was held at Durham University and entitled “Microbial Protein Targets: towards understanding and intervention”. Staged in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the core aim was to bring together the biological and physical sciences towards addressing target validation and inhibitor discovery in both protozoal and bacterial pathogens. In addition, for the first time at a BSP meeting, a schools outreach session was held to dovetail with the Symposium. Approximately 100 GCSE and A level students were enthralled by Richard Bellamy (South Tees Hospitals) talking about the threat of antimicrobial resistance and Mike Barrett (University of Glasgow) provided powerful advocacy for the fight against Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
The blog is found in full here.
Microbial Genomics, a new journal published by the Microbiology Society, is seeking submissions in the area of parasitology.
Microbial Genomics is a new, fully open access and open data journal published by the Microbiology Society. The journal invites papers that use genomic approaches to understand parasite evolution, population genomics and phylogeography, outbreaks and epidemiological investigations, impact of climate or changing niche, metagenomic and whole transcriptome studies, and bioinformatic analysis. All article processing charges have been waived during the journal’s launch period, meaning that it is now free to publish. For more information please see the Microbial Genomicswebsite.
Dr Webster’s work is featured in the video: ‘Detective work to tackle debilitating disease in Zanzibar’.
In this video, Dr Bonnie Webster and Dr Anouk Gouvras explain how Natural History Museum scientists are helping to eliminate one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases in Africa: schistosomiasis.
‘It was a bit of a detective story to work out why it occurs in the north part of the island and not in the south,’ says Dr Gouvras.
The parasitic disease is carried by aquatic snails. It causes a host of devastating problems for the 250 million people affected worldwide, from painful urination and stunted growth in childhood, to irreversible damage of vital organs.
The Museum team used their taxonomic expertise to identify the culprit and treat the affected areas in a targeted way.