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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.

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)

2018 CA Wright Memorial Medal Lecture

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.

BSP Spring Conference Photographic Competition Open For Entries!

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 bsp2018@aber.ac.uk

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:

  1. Entries must be at least 4 megapixels in size.
  2. Colour OR black and white images are acceptable.
  3. The photographer/creator must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of the pictures entered into the competition.
  4. Any pictures that we consider to be objectionable will be deleted. Reasons for deletion includes abusive, obscene, slanderous, threatening, pornographic and law-breaking images.
  5. 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.
  6. All entrants are deemed to have accepted the rules and agreed to be bound by them.
  7. 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.