CA Wright Memorial Medal 2019 awarded to:
Professor Russell Stothard
The CA Wright Memorial Medal offers the opportunity for the British Society of Parasitology to recognise a member of the Society who has not only made an outstanding contribution to discipline of parasitology, but also offers the opportunity to confirm their achievements to date as a distinguished leader in their respective field. This sentiment is in keeping with the work and impact of Chris Wright, then Director of the Experimental Taxonomy Unit at the Natural History Museum and the Society's President at the time of his untimely death in 1983, and in whose memory this commemorative medal was instigated.
It is with great pleasure that the Society announces the recipient of the 2019 CA Wright Memorial Medal; Professor J Russell Stothard of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Russell will be awarded his medal during the upcoming Spring Meeting of the British Society of Parasitology (April 15-17th) at the University of Manchester. As part of his presentation, Russell will give a talk entitled “Some Personal Reflections on Connections, Collaborations and Cross-overs: Three Important ‘Cs’ in A Career in Schistosomiasis Research and Control”.
BSP President’s Medal 2019 awarded to:
Dr Mattie Pawlowic
This year the British Society of Parasitology has inaugurated a new award - the President’s Medal. This medal is awarded to a member of the Society to recognise an outstanding early career researcher who, as well as providing a marked impact to the field of parasitology, demonstrates ambitions consistent with the potential to achieve a world-leading status within our community.
It is with great pleasure that the Society announces the first recipient of the President’s Medal; Dr Mattie Christine Pawlowic of Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research at the University of Dundee. Mattie will be awarded her medal during the upcoming Spring Meeting of the British Society of Parasitology (April 15-17th) at the University of Manchester. As part of her presentation, Mattie will give a talk entitled “Cryptosporidium, a genetically tractable parasite”.
The BSP recognises the outstanding contribution of its members with Honorary Memberships:
Professor Simon Croft, Professor Diana Williams and Professor Jozef Vercruysse
The BSP is pleased to announce the award of three new Honorary Members for 2019. These awards recognise the sustained and outstanding contribution of these individuals to the field of Parasitology through research, the promotion and dissemination of parasitology as well as recognising service to our Society. These Honorary Memberships are being made to Professor Simon Croft (pictured left) of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor Diana Williams (pictured centre) of the University of Liverpool and Professor Jozef Vercruysse (pictured right) of Ghent University. These awards will be formally announced to the membership at the Annual General Meeting of the Society to be held during the Spring Meeting at The University of Manchester. Simon, Diana and Jozef will all be attending this year’s meeting.
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.
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 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.