The twelveth annual symposium of the Center was hosted by the Centre INRS - Institut Armand-Frappier in Laval on May 28 and 29, 2012. Professors Albert Descoteaux and Simona Stager were our hosts for the two-day event.
This year keynote speakers were:
Tim Gilberger, McMaser University, Hamilton, Ontario - Dissection of the invasion machinery of the malaria parasite.
His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of malaria parasite pathogens.
John Parkinson, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario - Charting metabolic diversity in the Apicomplexa.
Research in the Parkinson lab is focused on applying computational tools to study the evolution and operation of biological systems, and how changes in these systems can lead to human disease. Specific systems of interests range from those implicated in infectious disease to those that can modify our risk to cardiovascular disease.
David Sacks, NIH-NIAID, Bethesda, MD, USA - The influence of vector transmission on the immune response to Leishmania major.
Research in the Intracellular Parasite Biology focuses on the immunology and cell biology of leishmanial infections and the biology of Leishmania parasites within their mammalian hosts and sand-fly vectors.
Over 45 students gave a short presentation or presented a poster from all of our partner institutions. Congratulations to students who won best poster and presentation.
The best poster and the finalist were:
The best presentation and finalist were:
The next Centre's annual symposium in 2013 will be held in Quebec City, and it will coincide with the ASP meeting held in the same city. We hope you will join us in beautiful Quebec in the month of May.