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.

Eukaryotic parasites are complex and heterogeneous organisms with sophisticated strategies of host exploitation. Parasitic infections cause a high morbidity, thus constituting an enormous socioeconomic burden, particularly in developing countries. In terms of ecology, parasite-induced fitness losses and fitness costs are driving evolutionary forces that shape populations.

Novel options for controlling parasitic diseases will arise from investigating parasitic strategies for infection and persistence on the molecular level when particularly focusing on metabolic pathways. The treatment of parasitic infections will improve through insights into mechanisms of immunomodulation and strategies of reprogramming host cells. Research on parasite-host interactions at the immunological and organismal level may also foster regimens enhancing immune responses to parasites.

Programme:

09:00   Registration/Coffee
09:15   Welcome
09:20   Rose Zamoyska (CIIE) Lymphocyte population dynamics and genetic susceptibility to autoimmune disease
09:55   Jacqueline Matthews (CIIE) The pros and cons of working in 'real' systems
10:30   Jose Vazquez Boland (CIIE) PrfA, the "saprotroph-pararasite" switch of Listeria monocytogenes
11:05   Keith Matthews (CIIE) Cell-cell communication in African trypanosomes
11:40   Coffee
12:10   Anton Aebischer (Robert Koch Institute, Division 16 Mycotic and Parasitic Agents and Mycobacteria, Berlin) Setting up a research agenda for Giardasis
12:45   Nishith Gupta (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Department of Parasitology) Metabolic Basis of Obligate Intracellular Parasitism and Optogenetic Illumination of Parasite Biology
13:20   Janina Demeler (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine) Drug efflux and metabolic mechanisms of anthelmintic resistance in parasitic nematodes
13:55   Lunch
15:00   Susanne Hartmann (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Immunology) Nematodes and modulation of excessive inflammation
15:35   Sebastian Rausch (Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Immunology) T cell modulation during enteric parasite infection
16:05   Coffee
16:35   Bettina Wachter (Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Berlin) Immune response in a genetically monomorphic species, the cheetah
17:05   Marion East (Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Berlin) Parasites in the highly structured social environment of spotted hyaena clans
17:40   Drinks reception

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