CIIE's and Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection's symposium

On 14th May 2014 CIIE hosted a one-day symposium on the interdisciplinary study of pParasite Infections. It was organised in collaboration with the Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection.

The symposium addressed the topic of parasite infections - from experimental models to natural systems and concentrated on various new options for controlling parasitic diseases.

The event brought together a broad programme of speakers from both CIIE and the Berlin Consortium, with topics under discussion ranging from the molecular analysis of parasite biology, the immune responses to model and veterinary helminths to the evolutionary strategies and antimicrobial defences of cheetahs and hyenas.

The aim of the meeting was to exchange ideas and create new links and collaborations between scientists from both groupings.

The Berlin Research Consortium for Parasite Infection was set up to promote training opportunities in modern parasitology. The planned research training group ‘Parasite Infections: From Experimental Models To Natural Systems’ will establish a cutting edge and integrative curriculum to educate next generation parasitologists. Addressing fundamental problems in human and veterinary parasitology, the research projects will focus on molecular and immunological approaches, and connect these research lines with ecological concepts. We hope this will begin an exciting period of international collaboration  and training between the UK and Germany focussed on interdisciplinary infection biology.

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