The Tenth Annual Symposium of the Centre for Host-Parasite Interactions will be hosted at McGill University on June 8-9, 2010. The event is organized by Dr. Joseph Dent from the Department of Biology, McGill University.
This meeting gives the Quebec Parasitology community an excellent opportunity to come together to discuss science and establish new collaborative linkages. The platform is intended for the Centre's students and postdocs to present their work. We are looking forward to seeing you all in Montreal.
The Centre is happy to welcome our keynote speakers for this year symposium:
- Dr. Derek McKay, Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, CRC (Tier 1) AHFMR Scientist, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.
His work explores many aspects of intestinal physiology and its interaction with the immune system. He will be presenting research on how the rat tapeworm, Hymenolepis diminuta modulates the immune system and can even be used to treat autoimmune disorders.
- Dr. Gregory C. Lanzaro, Professor, Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI), School of Veterinary Medicine, Director, Mosquito Research Program, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
Dr. Lanzaro is interested in arthropod vectors of parasitic diseases, focusing on population genetics and host interactions in the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae and the Lesihmania vector Lutzomyia longipalpis (Sand Fly). His talk will focus on the proteins in sand fly saliva interact with the host immune system and how interfering with these proteins can influence infectivity.