“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.
A BSP Tryp/Leish symposium was held in České Budějovice, Czech Republic, in the first week of September; closely followed by the Autumn Symposium in Durham, Sept 14-16th.
In a new venture for the BSP, the Czech symposium, focusing on all aspects of kinetoplastid biology, was a great success. It featured a fascinating location and a conference dinner complete with orchestral accompaniment! The traditional Autumn Symposium is this year held at Durham University (again, historic locations abound, with a conference dinner in Durham’s stunning castle). This Symposium focusses on ‘Microbial protein targets: towards understanding and intervention’, and is a joint venture with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Follow the BSP on Twitter, @BSPParasitology, for live updates on these exciting events!
Silent Signal is a Wellcome-Trust-funded biomedical science communication project. As part of the project’s legacy, a bank of free resources is available for those working in STEM outreach and education.
All the activities are curriculum linked, free to download and available to everyone. The resources complement six digital films, covering a wide range of biomedical themes that are applicable to parasitology. In particular AfterGlow deals with Malaria and Battle of Blister deals with inflammation, while Immune Craft explores immune learning, function and memory. The activities include curiosity-driven tabletop exercises to introduce the topics and promote informal learning, and then a lead discussion to promote debate into the cultural, societal and ethical considerations of biomedical research.
All the project information can be found at silentsignal.org and the educational resources can be found here.
Dates for the diary in 2017 and 2018.
The BSP Spring Meeting in 2017 will be held at Dundee University, 2-5th April. Local organiser Prof. Mark Field.
The 2017 Autumn Symposium will be a 1-day event held in London on 15th Sept in association with the Linnean society. Local organisers Dr Bonnie Webster and Prof Russ Stothard.
The 2018 BSP Spring Meeting will be held at Aberystwyth University, 8-11th April. Local organiser Dr Justin Pachebat.