Richard Wall

School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK


Richard Wall is Professor of Zoology at the University of Bristol; he leads a research group working on a range of arthropod parasites and vectors of veterinary importance, particularly ticks, flies, lice, mange mites and flies. His group’s research ranges widely from fundamental studies of taxonomy and physiology, through to field population ecology and farm- and veterinary practice-level investigations of the application of sustainable control technologies. 

Greg Matlashewski

Department of Microbiology and Immunology,  McGill University, Canada


Greg Matlashewski is a microbiology professor at the McGill University. He has extensive experience working on leishmaniasis through basic laboratory research and field studies. Genomic and reverse genetic analysis is used in his lab to compare virulent and avirulent Leishmania strains to define the genetic basis for virulence and to develop new treatments and vaccines.  

Guy Hendrickx

AviaGIS, Zoersel, Belgium


Guy Hendrickx, DVM, PhD, is a spatial epidemiologist with over 25 years’ experience. He is CEO of Avia-GIS which he established in 2001. He is particularly interested in bridging the gap between research and decision making in the field of spatial decision support systems applied to animal and public health.

Jeremy Salt

GalvMed, Edinburgh, UK


Jeremy Salt worked as a practising vet in various countries; worked at IAH, Pirbright Laboratory for seven years and as the Head of the International FMD Vaccine Bank for the last four; worked on vaccine development for 17 years for Pfizer Animal Health in the UK and then Zoetis in Belgium. He is currently the Chief Scientific Officer at Galvmed, where he reflects the organisation’s broad scientific strategy in addition to oversight of, and responsibility for, product development.


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.