the 1999 Meeting of the WHO's Schistosoma Genome Network will take place at
the Conference Centre of the Wellcome Trust Genome Complex, Hinxton,
Cambridge, UK from 7th to 9th April (with delegates arriving on 6th).
The purpose of the Meeting is several fold:
(1) To review progress on currently funded projects for gene discovery,
physical mapping, cDNA microarray production and mtDNA sequencing, to
identify problems encountered and to seek solutions
(2) to plan future work within the Network, for both "genomic" and
"post genomic" activities
(3) to promote communication and collaboration between laboratories
interested in the generation and exploitation of genomic data for
This is an open Meeting and any laboratory/individual interested in the
generation and/or exploitation of genomic data for schistosomes is welcome
to attend. Some, limited financial support may be available to assist new
laboratories in attending the Meeting. Further details will be made
available on the Network's WWW site at
This is a particularly appropriate time for new laboratories to join the
Network. Previously, the vast majority of Schisto projects funded by
TDR-Genome have involved the basic generation of genomic data / resource
development and many laboratories have been reluctant to become involved
with these "service" activities. WHO-TDR's Scientific Advisory Committee
has now recommended that at least 80% of TDR-Genome's future funds should
be allocated to "post-genomic" activities. Consequently, this is your
opportunity to influence the direction of, and priorities for, the
development of projects in functional genomics.
Would any laboratories who wish to attend the Meeting, please contact me as
soon as possible.
With best wishes,
David A. Johnston,
Secretary to the WHO Schistosoma Genome Network,
Biomedical Parasitology Division,
Dept. of Zoology,
The Natural History Museum,
Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England, UK.
Tel: 0171-938-9297 (from outside the UK: 44-171-938-9297)
Fax: 0171-938-9297 / 9249 / 8754 (from outside the UK: 44-171-938****)
eMail daj at nhm.ac.ukhttp://www.nhm.ac.uk/hosted_sites/schisto/
The Biomedical Parasitology Division is a WHO Collaborating Centre for the
identification of schistosomes and their snail hosts.