[Parasitology] International Meeting on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife

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SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT

International Meeting on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of
Wildlife

Friday August 5th - Sunday August 7th, 2011

National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Sponsored by the NSF Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of
Terrestrial Vertebrates1

Organized by:
Robert Fleischer and Ellen Martinsen, Smithsonian Institution
Ravinder Sehgal, San Francisco State University

Dear Colleagues,

The NSF-sponsored Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of
Terrestrial Vertebrates invites you to participate in a three-day
meeting on Malaria and Related Haemosporidian Parasites of Wildlife
(http://malariarcn.org/conference).  The meeting includes a Plenary
address by Dr. Andrew Read, and invited Keynote talks by Drs. Jane
Carlton, Sarah Knowles, Robert Ricklefs, and Gediminas Valkiunas.
There will also be general paper and poster sessions, plus a taxonomy
training session and roundtable discussions.

Topics for the meeting center around the Haemosporida of wildlife
and include: haemosporidian systematics and genomics, species limits
and definitions, generalist versus specialist parasites, evolution of
virulence, geographic distribution of vectors and hosts, host shifts
and emerging infectious diseases, parasite ecology, and vector-parasite
relationships.

The meeting will commence on Friday morning, August 5th, with an
optional half-day training session on haemosporidian classical taxonomy.
Keynote talks and general paper and poster sessions will follow on
Friday afternoon, Saturday, and Sunday morning. The meeting will end
on Sunday afternoon, August 7th, with optional roundtable discussions
on "Species Limits in the Haemosporidians" and "Haemosporidian
Parasite Databases".

All food, lodging and meeting events will take place at the US
Fish & Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center in
Shepherdstown, West Virginia, a site easily accessible through Washington,
DC, area airports.

Details, including conference logistics, an overview of events, the
program of invited speakers, and the call for abstracts are available
at http://malariarcn.org/conference.  Further information can also be
obtained from the meeting organizers (email: MalariaRCNMeeting from gmail.com).


1 The Research Coordination Network for Haemosporida of Terrestrial
Vertebrates ("Malaria RCN"), sponsored by the U. S. National
Science Foundation and funded through 2015 at the University of
Missouri-St. Louis, was established to promote communication
among researchers working on the ecology and evolution of
haemosporidian parasites of vertebrate wildlife populations (website:
www.malariarcn.org).

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