Helminth parasitology has proven to be one of the fastest growing 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.
Conferences on the Molecular and Cellular Biology of Helminth Parasites have been an integral part of the rapid development of this whole field. The conference series 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, 2014 and 2015.
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 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
Erik C. Andersen, Northwestern University, Illinois, USA
Sophie Jarriault, IGBMC, Strasbourg, France
P'ng Loke, NYU School of Medicine, USA
Philip LoVerde, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA
Thomas B. Nutman, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA
Ralf J. Sommer, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
David Vöhringer, Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Germany
Dick Davis, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Niki Gounaris, Imperial College London
Rick Maizels, University of Glasgow
Edward Pearce, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics
Murray Selkirk, Imperial College London
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