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CIIE Spring Symposium: Parasite Infections - From Experimental Models To Natural Systems

We are pleased to announce that the CIIE Spring Symposium Parasite Infections - From Experimental Models To Natural Systems organised in collaboration with Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection will be held on Wednesday, 14th May 2014 in Lecture Theatre 1, Ashworth Laboratories, University of Edinburgh.

This will be an all-day event.

New class of drug could curb antibiotic resistance, study suggests

A new type of drug could help to combat growing antibiotic resistance, a study finds. 

Medicines that stop bacteria from harming their hosts, rather than kill them, could prevent bugs from evolving resistance to drug treatments, a review of research in the field suggests. 

Parasites in humans influence each other via shared food sources

Humans are often infected by parasites, sometimes even several species at a time. Such co-infections are more difficult to treat if the parasites interact with each other.

An ecologist from the University of Zurich and his international team have compiled a list of the numerous possibilities as to how parasites can interact: They are most likely to do so indirectly via the food source they share.

Interpreting bacteria’s complex language could aid infection fight

Efforts to combat bacteria’s growing resistance to antibiotics could be helped by a key discovery about the complex processes that enable bugs to thrive. 

A new study reveals that bacteria talk to one another using a form of communication that shows striking similarities with human language, but uses chemical signals instead of words. 

Two CIIE papers in Trends in Parasitology's Top 10 in 2013

Two papers authored by CIIE members were voted among the 10 most noteworthy in 2013 by the Editorial Board of Trends in Parasitology.

All Top 10 articles are available on the journal website till the end of March.

Five CIIE members announced new RSE Fellows

The names of the 53 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) were announced at an RSE Ordinary Meeting on Monday 3 March 2014.

Members of CIIE are strongly represented in the new cohort of Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Out of 53 new Fellows announced, 5 are members of CIIE: Judi Allen, Mark Blaxter, Keith Matthews, Andrew Rambaut and Peter Simmonds.

Common form of malaria has its roots in Africa, study shows

The most widespread form of human malaria originated in Africa – not Asia as was previously thought, new research suggests.

A study of malaria parasites from African primates has enabled researchers to unravel the evolutionary origins of the disease, and could have important implications for efforts to eradicate malaria from human populations.

Malaria vaccine development paves way for protective therapy

Scientists have made a significant contribution towards the development of a vaccine to prevent malaria.

Researchers have tested a preliminary form of a vaccine against the disease, which is spread by the bite of the mosquito and kills more than 600,000 people each year.

Professor Alex Rowe wins C.A. Wright Memorial Medal

Professor Alex Rowe is to be awarded the C. A. Wright medal from the British Society for Parasitology at their meeting in Cambridge in April. This is awarded to "recognise outstanding contributions to the discipline of parasitology".