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Hydra, Greece, Sunday 1 September - Friday 6 September 2019

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, has now being relaunched under a broader banner Parasitic Helminths: New Perspectives in Biology and Infection. The twelve 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 2019 

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado  (Keynote), Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Wellington, Kansas City, USA

Amy Buck, Institute for Immunology and Infection, University of Edinburgh, UK

Luisa Cochella, Institute for Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria

Alison Elliott, MRC Uganda Virus Institute, Entebbe, Uganda

Carolina Escobar, University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain

Elodie Ghedin, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York University, USA

Nicola Harris, Immunology and Pathology, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Karl Hoffmann, Aberystwyth University, UK

P'ng Loke, Department of Microbiology (Parasitology), New York University, USA

Peter Sarkies, MRC London Institute for Medical Sciences, Imperial College London, UK

William Sullivan, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Cruz, USA

 

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Bursaries for 2019

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 2019.

Organising Committee

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 2019 meeting will open on Monday 15 January and close on Friday 29 March.

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.

Programme Summary

To download a PDF of the 2018 Conference Programme and Abstracts click here