Keele parasitologists at WorldLeish in Toledo

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Posted on 22 May 2017

Several members of Keele's Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology (CAEP) attended the 6th World Congress on Leishmaniasis last week.

Paul Horrocks and Helen Price, together with postdocs Marissa Maciej-Hulme and Sarah Berry and PhD student Hamza Hameed, attended the 6th World Congress on Leishmaniasis, held in Toledo, Spain (May 16-20, 2017). This flagship congress meets once every four years, in a leishmanial endemic setting, to discuss advances in the biology of this disease, including host-parasite interaction, diagnostics, therapeutics and operational demands in the control of the disease. The 1500 delegates represented some 70 countries, highlighting the global reach of this devastating disease.  They provided over 300 oral presentations and over 1000 posters. 

Research presentations from CAEP colleagues covered drug discovery from natural products, the use of a nanotherapeutic approach for cutaneous leishmaniasis and the glycobiology of the parasite-host macrophage interaction. The event also provided a significant networking opportunity for CAEP staff, with discussions with overseas research partners, pharmaceutical companies and colleagues within the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative. Helen Price was particularly effective, setting up two collaborative links whilst travelling between Madrid and Toledo on the train!

Photo shows CAEP members (and one CAEP alumnus) at WorldLeish.