Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Wrap-up of 3rd International Blastocystis Conference

The 3rd International Blastocystis Conference took place Wednesday-Friday last week.

Organising committee:

  • Anastasios (Tasos) Tsaousis 
  • Eleni Gentekaki
  • Chr. Rune Stensvold
  • Funda Dogruman-Al

 Scientific committee:

  • Kevin S W Tan
  • Özgür Kurt
  • Eleni Gentekaki 
  • Chr. Rune Stensvold
  • Funda Dogruman-Al
  • Anastasios (Tasos) Tsaousis

 Sponsors included 

  • Microbiology Society
  • Biology - MDPI
  • PCR Biosystems

The conference was facilitated by Top Kinisis

The conference in numbers:

  •  3-day conference
  • 73 attendees
  • 29 countries represented
  • 66 abstracts
  • 38 oral presentations
  • 28 poster presentations
  • 265 tweets using #Blastocystis21 as hashtag
  • 3 awards

Awards:

Blastocystis Quiz Award: Mark van der Giezen (@MitoRem)

Poster Award: Adriana Marcela Higuera Gelvez (Draft genomes of Blastocystis isolates from human samples in Bogotá, Colombia)

Oral Presentation:

  • Winner: Jamie Newton (Investigating the metabolic fluctuations of the human gut during Blastocystis infection)
  • 1st runner-up: Lei Deng (Experimental colonization with Blastocystis ST4 is associated with protective immune response and modulation of gut microbiome in a DSS-induced colitis mouse model)
  • 2nd runner-up: Zuzana Lhotska and Vincent Billy (back-to-back presentations: Blastocystis colonization alters host immune response and gut microbiome, part a and b, respectively)

A special issue 'Putting Blastocystis on the Spot: Examining the Biology, Ecology and Epidemiology of a controversial gut microbe' has been launched in Frontiers. This Research Topic is linked to the conference. You can go here for more information.

The 4th International Blastocystis Conference is planned to take place in Chania, Crete, Greece in 2024.

Last, but not least a couple of screen capture impressions from the conference:



I will be back shortly with more updates from the conference.


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Friday, May 28, 2021

Friday, May 7, 2021

Huge international support for the 3rd International Blastocystis Conference

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The 3rd Blastocystis Conference will be AWESOME!

 Hi everyone,

We're currently going through the abstracts submitted for the upcoming Blastocystis conference, which will be held exclusively online.

The scientific quality of the abstracts is very high, and participants in this year's conference are in for a veritable treat! 

Expect important and potentially game-changing updates on host-pathogen interactions, cell biology and evolution, epidemiology, intestinal ecology, diagnosis and molecular characterisation.

Use this opportunity to obtain answers to all of your Blastocystis questions.

We are very much overwhelmed about the interest for this event and the support.


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

One Health Parasitology Conference in Brazil: XXVII Congresso Da Sociedade Brasileira De Parasitologia

'Parasitologia na perspectiva da Saúde Única'

Happy and thankful to be part of this years congress in parasitology in The XXVII Congress of the Brazilian Society of Parasitology - PARASITO-2021, which will be held online
from May 4th to 6th, 2021.

The programme is available here for download.

In my talk, I'll be giving examples of the applicability of the metabarcoding assay in place at our institute (Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen) for detecting and differentiating parasites in various matrices from humans, other animals and the environment. 


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Abstract Deadline Extension

 Message from Tasos:


Dear Blastocystis colleagues and enthusiasts,

I would like to remind you that the 3rd International Blastocystis Conference (http://blastocystis2021.com ) will take place virtually between 2nd to 4th of June 2021 

We have extended the abstract submission deadline until the 30th of April  (http://blastocystis2021.com/abstract-guidelines/ )! 

Please note that the early-bird registration deadline remains the same and is approaching soon (tomorrow): April 15th, 2021 (http://blastocystis2021.com/registration/ ). 

Participants from LMICs will receive a 20% discount in their registration fees. Please contact the Conference Secretariat (synedrio@topkinisis.com ) to register at the discounted rate.

For frequent updates, please follow us on twitter: @Blastocystis21 . Please do also spread the word! 

If you require any information, please do not hesitate to contact me and I am looking forward to seeing you (even virtually) in June 2021.

Best wishes,

Anastasios (Tasos) Tsaousis

on behalf of the Organizing Committee