Helminth Bioinformatics Course in Accra, Ghana: Open for Applications

We’re pleased to announce that a new Wellcome Advanced Course in helminth bioinformatics is now open for applications. The course is aimed at Africa-based researchers at various levels. It will be a hands on and practical introduction to bioinformatics for helminth researchers, covering:

  • The use of public databases (including WormBase ParaSite) to explore gene and protein function
  • Genome assembly
  • Variant calling
  • Differential gene expression
  • Unix/linux command-line and some basic R

Dates and Deadlines

The course will be held at the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), University of Accra, Ghana, from 8 -13th September 2019.

The course is free to attend for non-commercial applicants, and a number of bursaries are available to cover travel, accommodation and sustenance.

The deadline for applications is 9th May.

More details are available here: https://coursesandconferences.wellcomegenomecampus.org/our-events/helminth-bioinformatics-ghana-2019/

 

 

Parasitic Helminths: New Perspectives in Biology and Infection

1st – 6th September, 2019: Hydra, Greece.

Registration: 13th Jan- 29th March 2019.

http://hydra.bio.ed.ac.uk/

 

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About the meeting

The study of helminth parasites continues to excite great interest across the suite of modern scientific themes. With a wealth of genome information and high-throughput technologies, new drug and vaccine development, and intricate host-parasite molecular interactions, we are witnessing a new era of research on these organisms and the diseases they cause. Parasitic Helminths: New Perspectives in Biology and Infection will be the 13th in a highly successful series now held every year on the beautiful island of Hydra, Greece. All major helminth research areas are covered, including new genomics of animal- and plant-parasitic nematodes, interfaces with free-living helminths such as C. elegans and planarians, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, neurobiology, pharmacology, immunology and vaccine research, all aimed at creating new strategies for control of these prevalent parasitic organisms and the diseases they cause.

 

Meeting home

Meeting registration

Registration for 2019 will open on Monday January 14 and close on Friday March 29. For questions, please email us at hydra@ed.ac.uk
Attendance is limited to 100 people, consistent with a discussion-orientated meeting in which every delegate is an active participant – early registration is encouraged.

Invited speakers 2019

Keynote Speaker

Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, USA
Small RNA Mini-Symposium

Confirmed Speakers

Amy Buck, Edinburgh, UK
Louisa Cochella, Vienna, Austria
Alison Elliott, Entebbe, Uganda
Carolina Escobar, Toledo, Spain
Elodie Ghedin, New York, USA
Nicola Harris, Melbourne, Australia
Karl Hoffmann, Aberystwyth UK
P’ng Loke, New York USA
Peter Sarkies, London, UK
William Sullivan, Santa Cruz, USA

Example program (2018)

The Meeting Program is organized primarily from abstracts submitted by participants, a small group of invited speakers, and an invited Keynote Speaker. Many abstracts are selected for short talks and there are two poster sessions. Ample time to interact with participants is available with free time in the afternoons to explore the island and head to the beach.

See 2018 program

Travel to Hydra

Hydra is a small island in the Argo Saronic Gulf, lying off the east coast of the Peloponnese and easily reached by hydrofoil from the Athens port of Piraeus.

Travel information

Accommodations

The meeting is held at the Bratsera Hotel. A wide range of accommodation is available within 5-10 minutes walk of the conference venue, including pensions for those on a tight budget.

Accommodations

Organizing Committee

Dick Davis, University of Colorado
Kleoniki Gounaris, Imperial College
Rick Maizels, University of Glasgow
Murray Selkirk, Imperial College

What would you like to learn about in our BSP workshop?

We’re looking forward to presenting a workshop at the upcoming BSP Spring meeting in Aberystwyth. To help us prepare, we’d love to know what our users would find most useful for us to cover. Please fill in our quick survey (one question only!): https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8LYF2YW

 

Featured paper: The Echinococcus canadensis (G7) Genome

Tapeworms of the Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato species complex cause the zoonotic disease echinococcosis. Maldonado et al, from the Kamenetzky group at the University of Buenos Aires, have recently reported the genome assembly and annotation of one of the members of this species complex, Echinococcus canadensis (G7 genotype). The genome paper additionally describes a number of comparative analyses between E. canadensis (G7), E. canadensis (G1) and E. multilocularis, based on gene orthology, genome-wide SNP analyses and identification of regulatory features.

Version 1 of the E. canadensis (G7) genome is currently available in WormBase ParaSite, with version 2 becoming available in release 10.