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

 

Lieselotte Van Bockstal 

Laboratory of Microbiology, Parasitology and Hygiene (LMPH),  

University of Antwerp, Belgium 

Lieselotte.vanbockstal@uantwerpen.be 

 

The BSP spring meeting is an annual convention held by the British Society for Parasitology. This year the BSP organized for the first time a joint meeting with the Belgian Society for Parasitology and Protistology (BSPP) and the Dutch Society for Parasitology (NVP) that took place in Manchester. The scientific 3-day program included oral and poster presentations covering topics related to host pathogen interactions, cell biology, ecology and ecosystems and human interventions.  

 

I was selected to present my poster entitled “Impaired development of miltefosine-resistant Leishmania infantum in the sand fly vectors Phlebotomus perniciosus and Lutzomyia longipalpis” in a pitch format during the cell biology session on the first day of the congress. We had three minutes to convince the audience to have a look at our poster. It was a great success, because after the poster pitches I received a lot of positive reactions about my results and had some interesting talks with fellow scientists. This work has now been submitted for publication. 

 

After my poster pitch presentation, I could enjoy the rest of the meeting in a more relaxed state. I attended the very interesting talk of Paul Kaye regarding the interaction of Leishmania parasites with Kupffer cells, which is a main topic in my PhD work. This conference was also a good opportunity for networking. We joined the conference dinner and participated to after-conference events (we finished second in the parasitology quiz!). Overall, it was a great experience to go with our whole “leishmaniac-team” to the Manchester Spring meeting. I am thankful for this international opportunity that Zoetis and BSPP gave me and I would like to encourage other PhD students to apply for this travel grant. 

 

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.