BSP/BSPP/NVP Spring Meeting, Manchester, UK, 15-17 April 2019 

 

Dimitri Bulte

Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH),  

University of Antwerp, Belgium 

 

 

The BSP spring meeting organized in Manchester was the first joint event of the British Society for Parasitology (BSP), the Belgian Society of Parasitology and Protistology (BSPP) and the Netherlands Society for Parasitology (NVP) and about 200 participants attended this meeting. Our lab (Laboratory for Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene) was well represented with two oral presentations, four posters and three poster pitch presentations. The focus of the meeting was divided in four main topics being Cell Biology, Host-Pathogen Interactions, Human Interventions and Ecology and Ecosystems. I presented my work ‘Miltefosine restores the infectivity of miltefosine resistant Leishmania parasites by attenuating the innate immune response’ as a poster preceded by a poster pitch presentation during the Host-Pathogen interactions session and I received a poster prize for best poster.

The conference was attended by many recognized experts in the field of parasitology of which some leading experts in the field of Leishmania and so I was excited to present some of my results to this audience. I received a lot of positive feedback on my research and a lot of people were interested in the techniques I used in my research which lead to some interesting discussions. The conference also organized some network moments like the conference dinner and a ‘young parasitologists party’ where there was room to share thoughts and insights with other scientists but luckily also room for relaxation.

I would recommend this meeting to other PhD students as this is an ideal platform to meet other scientist in the field of parasitology and gain international visibility.

News

The 2019 BSPP travel Grant was awarded to Dorien Mabille Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) to attend the BSP/BSPP/NVP Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, 15-17 April 2019. Read about her experience here.

The 2019 Avia-Gis travel Grant was awarded to Dimitri Bulte Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) to attend the BSP/BSPP/NVP Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, 15-17 April 2019. Read about his experience here.

The 2019 Zoetis travel Grant was awarded to Lieselotte Van Bockstal Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH) to attend the BSP/BSPP/NVP Spring Meeting in Manchester, UK, 15-17 April 2019. Read about her experience here.

Internist-infectioloog Meta Roestenberg van het Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC) ontvangt de Boehringer-Ingelheim prijs voor haar onderzoek in de translationele parasitologie. Roestenberg werkt aan experimentele klinische studies die moeten leiden tot een snellere en goedkopere ontwikkeling van nieuwe medicijnen en vaccins. More info.

The 2018 Zoetis travel Grant was awarded to Irina Matetovici  (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp) to attend the The European Congress of Entomology  (Naples,Italy), 2-6 July, 2018. Read about her experience here.

Guy Caljon (University of Antwerp) received the Merial Award on 18 May 2017 in Utrecht for his work on insect-transmitted parasitic infections. More info.

Eline Eberhardt (University of Antwerp) was awarded the Avia-GIS award for the best presentation at the Joint spring meeting of the Belgian Society of Parasitology & Protistology (BSPP) and the Netherlands Society of Parasitology (NVP) on 20th May 2016.

Title of the presentation: Molecular detection of infection homogeneity and impact of miltefosine treatment in a Syrian Golden hamster model of Leishmania donovani  and L. infantum visceral leishmaniasis. 

The 2017 Zoetis travel Grant was awarded to Franck Dumetz (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp) to attend the WorldLeish6 conference, Toledo (Spain), May 16-20, 2017.

Read about his experience here.