Congratulations to prize winners at the 2019 BSP Spring meeting

The 2019 BSP Spring Meeting was held on 15-17 April in Manchester. The abstract book is now available on our website. Thanks to all the local organisers for a warm welcome and to our sponsors.

Special talks were given by BSP Honorary member Professor Janet Hemingway; CA Wright Memorial Medal winner Professor Russell Stothard; and the recipient of our first BSP President's Medal, Dr Mattie Pawlowic (pictured here with BSP President Maria-Gloria Basanez).

Mattie and Maria-Gloria

The British Society of Parasitology congratulates all winners of the 2019 Spring Meeting poster and short talk prize competition. The winners were:

Best short talks. 1st: Clarize de Korne. 2nd: Emma Houlder. 3rd: Marie Astrid Hoogerwerf. Best posters. 1st: Hannah Smith. 2nd: Dimitri Bulte. 3rd: Bozo Lugonja. Best Ecology short talk: Natalia Fraija-Fernandez. Best Ecology poster: Meg Huggins. Best poster pitch: Luca Cunningham. Best sci comm flash talks. 1st: Iris Mair. 2nd: Jo Pennock.

Prizes were sponsored by Cambridge University Press (1st prize for short talk and poster); Parasites & Vectors (2nd and 3rd prize for short talk and poster and prize for best poster pitch); British Ecological Society Parasites and Pathogens Group (best Ecology short talk and poster); and Qiagen (Best Sci Comm Flash Talk).

 

Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases invites you to join us for a meeting coordinated with the British Society for Parasitology. The theme of the meeting is:

Integrating Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases: From Intervention to Surveillance.

Date: Tuesday 11th June 2019 from 5.30-7.30 pm. Venue: Palace of Westminster, London.

Full details of the event can be found here.

Call for expressions of interest to join the BSP Council

The BSP Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from its membership to join council. We seek diverse representation from parasitologists at ALL stages of their careers. We are seeking to appoint independent investigators (including those at early stages of their career) as Ordinary Council Members – with a view to exploring opportunities as officers of the Society in the future. We are seeking to appoint new postgraduate representatives and to introduce postdoctoral representatives on Council for the first time. Expressions of interest should comprise a short (<2 page) CV and a succinct biographical statement (of less than 400 words) explaining why you want to serve on council and what you would hope to achieve as a result. Expressions of Interest should be sent directly to the Honorary General Secretary (Dr Kevin Tyler, k.tyler@uea.ac.uk) by Friday 30th May 2019. We look forward to hearing from you.

Eukaryome 2019

Eukaryome impact on Intestine homeostasis and mucosal immunology

16-18 October 2019 at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, France

Multiple demographic or economic parameters contribute to the origin of emerging infections, for example: poverty, urbanization, climate change, conflicts and population migrations. All these factors are a challenge to assess the impact (present and future) of parasitic diseases on public health. The intestine is a major target of these infections; it is a nutrient-rich environment harbouring a complex and dynamic population of 100 trillion microbes: the microbiome. Most researches on the microbiome focus on bacteria, which share the gut ecosystem with a population of uni- and multi cellular eukaryotic organisms that may prey on them.  Our interest focuses on the families of eukaryotic microbes inhabiting the intestine, called “intestinal eukaryome”, that include fungi, protists and helminths. Knowledge on the reciprocal influence between the microbiome and the eukaryome, and on their combined impact on homeostasis and intestinal diseases is scanty and can be considered as an important emerging field. Furthermore, the factors that differentiate pathogenic eukaryotes from commensals are still unknown. In this congress our wish is to attract people interested in the eukaryome, especially during infection.

The conferences will address the following topics:

  1. Phylogenetic, prevalence, and diversity of intestinal eukaryotic microbes; and their (still enigmatic) historical evolution and potential contributions to mucosal immune homeostasis.
  2. Integrative biology to study the molecular cell biology of parasite-host interactions and the multiple parameters underlining the infectious process.
  3. The exploitation of tissue engineering and microfluidics to establish three-dimensional (3D) systems that help to understand homeostasis and pathological processes in the human intestine.

For further details on the meeting and how to register, see this link

 

11th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH)

16-20 September 2019 in Liverpool, UK

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is delighted and proud to be hosting ECTMIH 2019 in Liverpool, UK on behalf of the Federation of European Societies for Tropical Medicine and International Health (FESTMIH).

2019 has specific significance for the tropical medicine community, as it will mark the 25th anniversary of FESTMIH, of which RSTMH is a proud member. This will form a great opportunity to reflect on how much progress has been made in the last quarter of a century in terms of investigation, innovation and implementation, and is a chance to consider what we can expect from the next 25 years for tropical medicine and global health.

Advances in diagnostics, treatment, vector control, progress towards eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), the huge increase of non-communicable disease, particularly in built environments, as well as contexts of climate change, animal health, man-made and natural disasters and growing economic inequality all bring new challenges to our sector. Throughout the meeting, we will include research from the laboratory and from the field, including implementation research, awareness and policymaking so that we can ensure a range of first-hand experience feeds into the impact of the Congress. We also want to highlight work from young researchers and this is part of one of our tracks.

Further details on the meeting programme and how to register can be found on this link

Please note that the deadline for submitting abstracts is 10th March 2019

Fully funded Newton Researcher Links Bilateral Workshop

Addressing key research priorities for parasitic helminth diseases in China

 

The organising committee would like invite applications from UK based Early Career Researchers, to attend a 3 day conference at Fudan University, Shanghai China, December 2-5th 2019.

The remit of the funding is to build UK-partner country collaborations centred on shared research and innovation challenges which have direct relevance to Newton partner countries’ social welfare and economic development. This conference will bring together China based and UK based researchers to present and develop ideas associated with technologies and expertise of relevance to helminth diseases of China. We are placing a particular focus on developing emerging scientists based in the UK. Three broad areas associated with helminth diseases have been prioritised; namely bioinformatics, diagnostics and molecular methods, and social science approaches; but this is not an exclusive list.

At the conference we will catalyse a dialog between UK and China based researchers across the important field of helminth diseases. Mentors from the UK and China will lead the central themes.

The conference is an opportunity to present your work in a supportive international environment, and to network and build partnerships with Chinese researchers. We anticipant 15-20 attendees from the UK and similar number from China. As such most participants will be given the opportunity to give a short presentation.

As the workshop is funded by the Newton Fund, we particularly welcome applications from Early Career Researchers (ECR), which is defined as within 7 years of award of PhD/MD. Applicants must have a current primary appointment at a UK academic institution, but can be of any nationality.

This work was supported by a Researcher Links Bilateral Workshop grant, ID 2018-RLWK10-10033, under the China-UK partnership. The grant is funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the National Science Foundation of China and delivered by the British Council. For further information, please visit www.newtonfund.ac.uk.

 

We will provide economy flights from the UK to Shanghai, all accommodation and most meals. Participants would need to organise and pay themselves for a visa for China when necessary (holders of a British passport will need a visa). More details on this and a formal letter of invitation will be provided if you are selected for participation.

The main organisers of the conference are Professor Hu Wei, Department of Microbiology and Microbial Engineering, Fudan University Shanghai, and Dr Geoffrey Gobert, School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.

Please in your email application provide the following information, which will be used in the selection of participants.

  1. Name, position and affiliation
  2. Date of PhD/MD award
  3. Area of research preference
    1. Bioinformatics and omics
    2. Molecular techniques and/or diagnostics
    3. Social science approaches
  4. Potential title of presentation and 150 word abstract
  5. Future research interests and aspirations

Applications should be sent via email to j.williamson@qub.ac.uk before 5pm Friday 28th June 2019.

Please add to the subject line of your email application “Newton Shanghai Helminth Conference 2019”.

 

Selection of applicants will be made before the end of July .

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to our 2019 Medal Winners and new Honorary Members

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”.

Russ Stothard

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”.

mattie

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.

 

Watch talks from BSP Symposia online!

Did you know that the BSP has a YouTube channel hosting content from our meetings and symposia?

Our YouTube channel hosts videos made at BSP meetings, including this one describing the benefits of BSP membership, filmed at our Cambridge Spring Meeting, and this one of a debate session held at the Salford symposium of 2014, entitled 'A Scientist's Perspective on Ebola and the Spread of Infectious Disease'.

For the first time in 2017 the entire Autumn Symposium (held at the Linnean Society in London, September 2017) was videoed.  The talks are now posted as a playlist on the YouTube channel.  Autumn Symposia are traditionally relatively small, intimate events focussing on particular subjects areas, but some BSP members have expressed an interest in being able to attend 'remotely' if they cannot make a symposium in person.  We are therefore trialling a fully-filmed symposium, and would welcome feedback from our members.

British Society of Immunology Publishes Careers Report

The British Society of Immunology (BSI) has recently conducted a landscape review of immunology careers.  This was conducted to better understand the career progression of immunologists and the factors that may affect this. The report based on this work was published last week, and there are several findings that might be of interest to BSP members. The full report can be accessed here.

In the area of equality and diversity, BSI found that immunology employs a high overall percentage of women, but they are disproportionately numerous at junior levels and are less likely to hold senior positions than women in other similar disciplines.

Additionally, there were several discrepancies between the concerns and experiences of women in immunology and those expressed by men. Most concerningly, they found that 13% of respondent stated that sexism, discrimination or bullying were significant barriers that they had faced during their careers, with women reporting this as a factor twice as frequently as men (16% vs. 7%).  Those interested in the report's findings can to get in touch with the BSI to give their feedback and ideas for what can be done to resolve some of the issues highlighted.