Hydra, Greece, Sunday 30 August - Friday 4 September 2020

Helminth parasitology has proven to be one of the fast-moving and inter-disciplinary research areas across a spectrum of scientific activities from genomics, immunology and tropical medicine. With rapidly increasing sequence information, new drug development for therapy, and intricate host-parasite molecular interactions, research on these organisms and the diseases they cause is becoming ever more exciting and relevant to global health. A key element in the success of helminth research has been the collaborative and interactive community of investigators working in this field.

This Conference, previously titled the Molecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites, was relaunched in 2019 under a broader banner Parasitic Helminths: New Perspectives in Biology and Infection. The 13 previous conferences have been an integral part of the rapid development of this whole field, starting in Edinburgh in 1997 and 1999, and convening on the island of Hydra, Greece since 2002. Increasing demand across the range of participants led to the conference being held annually since 2014.

All major areas of helminth research are included, in 12 wide-ranging sessions. An important aspect of this meeting, is the interface between parasite biologists and investigators from worm model systems such as C. elegans, which is proving highly effective at bringing new blood and fresh perspectives into the topic. We also promote interactions with endemic country researchers and promote new investigators entering the field. The Conferences offer a special atmosphere of concentrated science, interactive discussions and generous opportunities for informal follow-ups.

   
Hydra Town
Delegates outside the Bratsera Hotel

A key feature of the Hydra venue is the Bratsera Hotel which will host the scientific sessions, and its quiet, traffic-free town with ample facilities for informal interactions between delegates. A wide range of accommodation is available within 5-10 minutes walk of the conference venue, including pensions for those on a tight budget. Attendance is limited to 100 people, consistent with a discussion-orientated meeting in which every participant presents either a plenary talk or in a small poster session, and thus early registration is encouraged. As with previous conferences, we have invited a small number of selected speakers to give keynote talks across the range of themes.

Invited Speakers for 2020 

Jonathan Ewbank  (Keynote), Centre d’Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy, France

Julie Ahringer, Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, UK

Adler Dillman, University of California Riverside, USA

Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, University of Cambridge, UK

Frédéric Landmann, CRBM Montpellier, France

Coleen Murphy*, Princeton University, USA

Meera Nair, University of California Riverside, USA

Phil Newmark, University of Wisconsin, USA

Meta Roestenberg, Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Mark Siracusa, Rutgers University, Newark, USA

(* to be confirmed)

Bursaries for 2020

We hope to award, as in previous years, travel bursaries for early-career researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America to support participation at the meeting; the bursaries will cover registration fees, and a significant sum  towards airfare and ground transportation costs. Awardees will be selected on the basis of Abstracts submitted to the conference, and a letter of application outlining the reasons for attending the meeting. Applicants should register through this website and send their application letter to Hydra@ed.ac.uk, once registrations commence in January 2020.

Organising Committee

Amy Buck, University of Edinburgh
Jim Collins, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dick Davis, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Niki Gounaris, Imperial College London
Rick Maizels, University of Glasgow
Murray Selkirk, Imperial College London
 

Registration

Registration for the 2020 meeting will open on Monday 13 January and close on Friday 28 February

Any registration enquiries please contact hydra@ed.ac.uk

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Previous attendees are automatically notified by email of registration dates and details.

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