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 series on the Molecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites has been an integral part of the rapid development of this whole field. The Conference started with the first two meetings in Edinburgh in 1997 and 1999, and moved to the island of Hydra, Greece in 2002. Subsequent conferences have been held in Hydra in 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, and then annually since 2014.
All major areas of helminth research are included, in 12 thematic 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.
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.
Speakers for 2016
Keynote : Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Stowers Institute, Missouri, USA
Judi Allen, University of Manchester, UK
Oluwatoyin Asojo, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
Banchob Sripa, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Guofeng Cheng, Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute, China
Tim Geary, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Harriet Mpairwe, MRC Uganda Virus Research Unit, Uganda
Emily Troemel, University of California at San Diego, USA
Bursaries - New for 2017 !
Up to 3 awards will be made for early-career researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America to support participation at the meeting; the bursaries will cover registration fees (GBP 495, approx USD 625), and a sum of USD 1000 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 before the closing date of 31 March 2017.
Dick Davis, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Niki Gounaris, Imperial College London
Rick Maizels, University of Glasgow
Murray Selkirk, Imperial College London
The registration for 2017 will open on 1 February and close on 31 March 2017
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