Parasitic Helminths from Genomes to Vaccines

Mark Blaxter mark.blaxter at ed.ac.uk
Tue Oct 29 08:54:37 EST 1996


Parasitic Helminths from Genomes to Vaccines

Edinburgh, Scotland

6-9 September 1997

=46IRST ANNOUNCEMENT

        A new series of annual research meetings will be initiated next
September in Edinburgh.  Entitled "Parasitic Helminths from Genomes to
Vaccines", next year's meeting is intended to fill an important gap in the
current round of regular conferences.  While the major international
parasitology meetings - such as the Gordon Conference and the Woods Hole
Molecular Parasitology - are excellent, they are dominated by protozoal
research.  With rapid developments in protozoal genetics, transfection, and
population biology, this imbalance is likely to persist for the forseeable
future.  At the same time, helminth research has seen major advances in
gene discovery, biochemistry and physiology (e.g. neurobiology and
receptors), and the immunology of host-parasite interactions.  The value of
a helminth-specific meeting has been demonstrated by recent Keystone
symposia on Molecular Helminthology, and it is desirable now to extend this
on a more frequent and accessible basis, especially at the student and
postdoc levels.

        The attached programme will accomodate some 48 presentations,
together with 4 invited keynote lectures, and two poster sessions.  The
presentations, divided between genome research, biochemistry and
immunology, will be selected from submitted abstracts, very much like the
Woods Hole Molecular Parasitology meeting.  The venue chosen is Pollock
Hall in Edinburgh, which has a new conference facility with adjacent poster
areas, coffee bars, and on site  en-suite accomodation at around =A330 (US
$50) a night.  As a package, registration fees are expected to be no more
than =A3150 (US $250) inclusive of meals.  The weekend schedule will qualify
delegates for the least expensive airfares, again with the objective of
encouraging attendance by scientists at all levels.  Sponsorship is also
being sought to allow reduced rates and/or travel subsidies to be offered
to more junior participants.

        The organisers of this meeting are Mark Blaxter
(Mark.Blaxter at ed.ac.uk), Malcolm Kennedy (gbzc02 at udcf.gla.ac.uk) and Rick
Maizels (r.maizels at ed.ac.uk)

        All information will be available and updated regularly on the
World Wide Web at http://helios.bto.ed.ac.uk/mbx/genome2vaccine.html

        In order to maximise our sponsorship, and to ensure that we
pre-book sufficient accomodation and conference rooms, it would be helpful
to know how many people are likely to want to attend, and how many would be
interested in submitting abstracts and presenting posters.   Please e-mail
us at r.maizels at ed.ac.uk -  without any obligation !

Please Pass This Notice On To Your Colleagues !

Mark Blaxter, Rick Maizels and Malcolm Kennedy
_________________________________________________________________

=0CProvisional Scientific Programme

Venue : McIntyre Centre, Pollock Hall, by Holyrood Park, Edinburgh

Saturday  6 September  1997

12:00 - 5:00 pm         Time for specialist workshops eg genome project meet=
ings

 5:00 - 7:00 pm         Welcome Reception
 7:15 - 9:00 pm         Session 1 :  Keynote Lectures
                        * C.elegans genome project (invited : John Sulston)
                        * Schistosome vaccines (invited : Don Harn)

Sunday 7 September

9:00 - 12:00 am Session 2  : Genomes
12:30 -  3:00 pm        Poster Session I  (Sandwich lunch/Refreshments provi=
ded)
  3:30 -  6:30 pm       Session 3 : Genes and Gene Families
  8:00 pm       Reception (Old College, Playfair Library)

Monday 8 September

   9:00 - 12:00 am      Session 4 : Parasite Biochemistry
 12:00 -   4:00 pm      Free Time
   4:00 -   7:00 pm     Session 5 : Protein Structure and Function
                Dinner at Pollock Hall
   8:00 - 10:30 pm      Poster Session II  (drinks/snacks provided)

Tuesday 9 September

9:00 - 12:00 am Session 6 : Parasite Immunology
                Lunch at Pollock Hall
2:00 -  5:00  pm        Session 7 : New Vaccines
6:00 -  7:30  pm        Session 8 :  Keynote Lectures
                * Schistosome host-parasite interactions (invited : Jim
McKerrow)
                * Molecular defences of nematodes  (invited : Murray Selkirk=
)
9:00 - late     Conference Dinner/Ceilidh

(NB : Each main session will have 8 x 20-min presentations, with a 20 min
mid-point coffee break)





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