Useful Links

Here are a range of links to useful websites for those interested in Parasitology.  They include parasitology societies around the world, academic journals, funding agencies, career guides, and organisations such as the WHO and CDC.  If there are any sites that you think it would be useful to add please let us know.

American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists

The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) was founded in 1956 and is affiliated with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). AAVP is a scientific and educational organization with approximately 450 members. Most members are from the United States and Canada. About 10% of members are from other countries outside of North America. Members of AAVP are teachers, students, scientists, veterinarians and others interested in parasites of companion, food-producing, and other domesticated animals and wildlife, some of which are transmissible to humans. Most members of AAVP work in academia, industry, government or private practice. Members of AAVP study these parasites to ultimately find new or better ways to diagnose, prevent, treat, or reduce infections in animals and in humans. AAVP holds an annual scientific meeting in July of each year, in association with the AVMA, at which time members and invited guests present their latest findings and updates on a variety of animal parasites and the diseases they cause.

American Heartworm Society

Founded During The Heartworm Symposium Of 1974, The American Heartworm Society Aims To: Further scientific progress in the study of heartworm disease Inform the membership of new developments Encourage and help promote effective procedures for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heartworm disease

Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology

Annals of Tropical Medicine & Parasitology Published on behalf of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Australian Society for Parasitology

The Australian Society for Parasitology was founded on the 19th of January 1964 to foster association of persons interested in parasitology, foster establishment and proper curation of collections of Australian parasites and by facilitating intercourse and discussion, promote investigation and advance the knowledge of parasitology.

Belgian Society of Parasitology and Protistology (BSPP)

The Belgian Society for Parasitology (established on 10 February 1962 in Antwerp) and the Belgian Society of Protozoology merged on 19 February 2013 to form the Belgian Society for Parasitology and Protistology (BSPP). The aim of the new BSPP is to promote collaboration between researchers in Parasitology and Protistology at national and international level and support young scientists in the development of their career.

Brazilian Society for Protozoology (SBPz)

The Brazilian Society for Protozoology (SBPz) is the largest academic society representing parasitologists in South America. The society has a reciprocal aggrement with the BSP to charge members of both societies discounted member-only rates for their respective annual meetings in Brazil and the UK.

British Association of Veterinary Parasitology (BAVP)

The British Association for Veterinary Parasitology was established in the early 90s to further all aspects of veterinary parasitology through teaching, research and collaboration.

British Ecological Society Special Interest Group - Parasite and Pathogen Ecology and Evolution

Bulgarian Society for Parasitology

Bulgarian Society for Parasitology is a successor of the Society of Parasitologists in Bulgaria (established in 1965). This society organised five national conferences of parasitology between 1968 and 1987, which were also attended by numerous foreign parasitologists. After 1990, the activities of the society were interrupted for some 10 years. On the 14th October 1999, the General Assembly of the Society of Parasitologists in Bulgaria renewed its activities. We adopted a new name, Bulgarian Society for Parasitology. The current bylaws of the society were accepted in 2002. In 2007, 82 Bulgarian parasitologists were members of the Bulgarian Society for Parasitology. Bulgarian Society for Parasitology is a member of European Federation of Parasitologists and World Federation of Parasitologists. Since 2001, the Bulgarian Society for Parasitology is an associated collective member of the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria.

Canadian Society of Zoologists,Parasitology Section

The Parasitology Section of the Canadian Society of Zoologists (CSZ) was established in 1974 to promote and advance the study of parasitic organisms and facilitate the exchange of information among parasitologists in Canada. It is the only national organization of parasitologists in Canada.

Career Options with a Masters in Global Health

This guide provides details on the education, skill requirements and job opportunities regarding a Master’s Degree in Global Health.

Czech Society for Parasitology

Czech parasitologists have formerly been organized together with Slovak ones within the Czechoslovak Society for Parasitology which was founded in 1959. As the former Czechoslovak Republic has been split into two independent states in January 1993, a new Czech Society for Parasitology was established in June 1993. The Society is a member of the European Federation of Parasitologists and the World Federation of Parasitologists. Members of the Society (180 members in January 2003) assert their activity in basic and applied research, teaching at universities, hygienic services, human and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, and other institutions where knowledge of parasites is required. The Society includes three sections: protozoology, helminthology, and medical parazitology.

Dutch Society for Parasitology (NVP)

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, (EID)

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, (EID), the new organisation hub for all researchers in infectious diseases across the University of Edinburgh, and associated research institutes and hospitals. EID is led by its director Professor Rick Maizels, FRSE. As of September 2102 we have over 130 principle investigators, and a total of over 700 active researchers, with interests across the spectrum of infectious disease science and clinical medicine at Edinburgh.

Entomological Society of America

The Entomological Society of America (ESA) is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has more than 5,700 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government.

European Federation of Parasitologists

The European Federation of Parasitologists was founded on November, 14, 1966 in Jablonna, Poland. The initiator of the European Federation was Pr Witold Stefanski, well-known Polish parasitologist and director of the Institute of Parasitology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The first European Multicolloquium of Parasitology was organised by Pr Jean Marie Doby in Rennes, France (1-4 September 1971). Subsequent EMOPs were organised by the EFP since the first one : *EMOP2(II) Trogyr, Yugoslavia, 1-6 September 1975 *EMOP3(IIV) Cambridge, UK, 7-13 September 1980 * EMOP4(IV) Izmir, Turkey, 14-19 October 1984 * EMOP5(V) Budapest, Hungary, 4-9 September 1988 * EMOP6(VI) The Hague, The Netherlands, 7-11 September 1992 * EMOP7(VII) Parma, Italy, 2-6 September 1996 * EMOP8(IIX) Poznan, Poland, 10-14 September 2000 *EMOP 9(IX) Valencia, Spain, 18-23 July 2004 * EMOP 10(X) Paris, France, 24-28 August 2008 *EMOP11(XI) Bucarest,Romania, 2012

German Society for Parasitology (GSP)

The DGP is an association of all scientists interested in parasitology, working in the fields of zoology and botany, medicine, in particular tropical medicine, microbiology and hygiene, veterinary medicine, plant protection and pest control.

Helminthological Society of Washington

The Helminthological Society of Washington, the prototype scientific organization for parasitological research in North America was founded in 1910 by a devoted group of parasitologists in Washington, D.C. Forging a niche in national and international parasitology over the past century, the Society focuses on comparative research, emphasizing taxonomy, systematics, ecology, biogeography and faunal survey inventory within a morphological and molecular foundation. Interdisciplinary and crosscutting, comparative parasitology links contemporary biodiversity studies with historical approaches to biogeography, ecology and coevolution within a cohesive framework

Indian Society of Parasitology

Established in 1973 under the Societies Act XXI, 1860, The Indian Society for Parasitology (ISP) has the major objectives of bringing parasitologists of different disciplines under one umbrella to advance knowledge in this vital area concerning human and animal health. Over the years, the Society has carved a niche for itself by providing a common platform to research scientists, clinicians, field biologists, academicians and all others involved in parasitology or tropical medicine to share and exchange their knowledge and observations. The Society is affiliated with the World Federation of Parasitologists and has over 600 life members at present. A duly elected Executive Committee governs the affairs of the ISP according to its Bye Laws and Constitution.

International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

The ICZN is reponsible for the Internationl Code of Zoological Nomenclature; the rules by which animal species are named.

Italian Society of Parasitology

Italian Language Site

Japanese Society of Parasitology

The Japanese Society of Parasitology was established at the first general assembly on April 5th 1929 at Tokyo Univ. The first President was Prof. S. Goto. Then in the following year, the JSP jointed to the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences as a section meeting. Thereafter, the JSP continued to hold annual meeting except for 1944-1946, and published official organ, Parasitology International, formerly the Japanese Journal of Parasitology. Regional sections were inaugurated since 1947 and now four regional sections are holding their each annual meeting in autumn. Parasitological research in Japan had contributed more than a little to the development of the Parasitology since the era of Meiji which started in 1868. The achievement was introduced in "Progress of Medical Parasitology in Japan" published by the Meguro Parasitological Museum in 1964. Number of the membership is now 891, including various fields from basic research to company. The view of the JSP is to promote various fields of scientific researches on parasites and parasitology, and to develop and spread the knowledge worldwide. The JSP issues an official organ, Parasitology International, four times a year and holds annual meeting in early April.

Korean Society for Parasitology

The Korean Society for Parasitology was inaugurated on January 15, 1959 in Seoul, Korea. Society which began with 28 promoter in 1959, is consisted of 300 Korean and 38 foreign members in 1999. The Society’s official publication is the Korean Journal of Parasitology launched from 1963. The Society members regularly met together biannually for the exchange of the scientific works. The Society welcomes any person who has interests on the parasites and parasitic diseases not only in Korea but also abroad.

Malaria Foundation International

The MFI is a non profit organization, dedicated to the fight against malaria since 1992. This website was created in 1995 to provide a central source of information about this devastating disease. The MFI works in partnership with many individuals and groups who have since joined this cause. The MFI’s goals are to support awareness, education, training, research, and leadership programs for the immediate and long term development and application of tools to combat malaria. Children are most vulnerable to malaria. This disease also severely affects pregnant women and non immune individuals. There are hundreds of millions of cases of malaria annually in over 100 countries, which result in over one million deaths each year.

Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine

MSPTM (Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine) was founded in 10 January 1964. WHAT WE DO ? The Society's main activities are concentrated in organizing a yearly scientific seminar with a different theme each year revolving around current issues in Tropical Diseases and Public Health. This scientific seminar serves as a platform for the scientists to present their research findings. The society also holds a mid year seminar where key speakers are invited to talk on current topics of Medical Importance.

Medical Research Council

The principal UK, public funder of medical research

Netherlands Society for Parasitology

The Netherlands Society for Parasitology (NVP) was founded in Leiden on 2 June 1961. Dr. Jaap Jansen had received a letter from the International Federation of Parasitologists (later known as the World Federation of Parasitologists) announcing that national associations could become affiliated with the Federation. The inaugural meeting was held at the Laboratory for Parasitology on Rapenburg in Leiden. The society’s first officers were Prof. P.H. van Thiel as chairperson, Dr. J. Jansen as secretary and Dr. H.J. Over as treasurer. The first general meeting was held on 29 September 1961 in the Institute for Veterinary Virology in the Gildestein building in Utrecht

Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

This is a Grand Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) funded global network based at Durham University. The aim of the network is to meet the challenges of drug target validation for leishmaniasis and Chagas disease through multidisciplinary research, training and capacity building.

Parasites and Vectors

Published by BiomedCentral An open access, online journal dealing with parasites, parasitic diseases, intermediate hosts and vectors

Parasitological Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences

The Institute of Parasitology (formerly the Helminthological Institute) is a research institution of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, established in 1953. It is a principal institution devoted to parasitological research in Slovakia. The Institute pursues a complex study on parasites and parasitic diseases of humans, animals and plants, engaged in the international collaboration and applying modern molecular techniques. Scientific results of the Institute have largely the character of basic less of strategic applied research. The main research topics include study of parasitic zoonoses, tick-borne diseases, systematics, phylogeny and genetic variability and ecology of parasites, anthelmintic resistance, immune response and diagnostics of parasites, development of new drugs paralyzing neuromuscular system of parasite, ecological aspects of environmental protection and research of plant parasitic nematodes. The Institute is the publisher of the international journal Helminthologia, with an impact factor ranging from 0.7 to 1.0. It is issued quarterly and publishes contributions on helminth parasites.

Parasitological Society of Southern Africa

The society was founded in 1971 by Professor Ronnie Elsdon-Dew. He became the first president of PARSA and was assisted by Professor Richard Reinecke (vice-president) and Professor Peter Fripp (secretary and treasurer). At present the Society has 157 members. Although most of the members are from South Africa, countries such as Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America are also represented.


Published by Cambridge University Press Members of the BSP are eligible for a discount on a personal subscription of this journal.

The Pugh Collection

Dr RE Pugh (also known as RE Boreham) has made a stunning collection of parasite and other pictures available for research and teaching on the ASP website. This database contains a selection pictures collected by Dr RE Pugh and her late first husband Professor PFL Boreham.

Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology

Aims of The Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitolgy To encourage research and education in parasitology in the Nordic and the Baltic countries to act as a unifying body for parasitologists and persons interested in parasitology and to represent them in the Nordic and the Baltic countries to represent Nordic and Baltic parasitologists internationally The Society promotes its aims through committee reports and proposals, and by taking initiatives, and issuing statements, as well as by educational work and arranging courses, symposia, joint meetings and discussions.

Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology

The overall goal of the Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology (SSTMP) is to represent the integrating basis for the common interests of all people in Switzerland working in the fields of tropical medicine and parasitology. The SSTMP is open for all activities in basic and applied research in parasitology as well as in tropical medicine. The activities within these three domains represent the driving force of the SSTMP. The committee of the SSTMP encourages and coordinates if necessary individual initiatives and activities within and interactions between these domains. The annual assembly and the annual scientific meeting form the integrating forum where the emphasis is laid on the interdisciplinary aspects of and the critical dialog between the three domains. The SSTMP represents the interests of its members towards other scientific societies, political and educational institutions.

The American Society of Parasitologists

The American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) is a diverse group of over 1500 scientists from industry, government, and academia who are interested in the study and teaching of Parasitology.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians, and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.

The Danish Society for Parasitology

Danish Society for Parasitology was founded in Copenhagen the 17. April 1972 at a meeting where Professor W. Peters from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine held a lecture. Here the first board was elected: The zoologists, Jørn Andreassen (President) and Holger Madsen († 1991), the veterinarians, Erling Bindseil (Secretary and Treasurer) and Peter Nansen (Vice-president, † 1999) and the doctors, Jørgen Chr. Siim and Torben Bille.

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

The first School of Tropical Medicine in the UK

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

The UK's largest School of Tropical Medicine

The Natural History Museum

One of the premier research museums in the world

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

The objectives of the Society are to promote and advance the study, control and prevention of disease in man and other animals in warm climates, to facilitate discussion and the exchange of information among those who are interested in tropical diseases, and generally to promote the work of ...

The Wellcome Trust

The principal UK, private funder of medical research.

The World Federation of Parasitologists

The World Federation of Parasitologists was founded in Warsaw, Poland in 1960. The full members of The Federation consist of scientific organisations concerned with parasitism, mainly national societies related to parasitology or tropical medicine. BSP is a member of the WFP.

World Association for Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology

The World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) is a not-for-profit organization for scientists who study the parasites of non-human animals, encompassing helminthology, protozoology and entomology. WAAVP membership is open to veterinarians and others who are actively interested in the advancement of veterinary parasitology, anywhere in the world. Members receive a newsletter twice a year and members are welcome, and encouraged, to contribute to this. The Association gathers bi-annually at a scientific conference. As a world wide organisation it endeavours to hold conferences across the globe, and a conference is not normally held in the same continent as the previous conference.

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.
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