Symposium 2015


The 15th Annual Quebec Molecular Parasitology Symposium of the Center was held at McGill University, New Residence Hall, on June 8-9, 2015. For the first time, this year’s meeting was exclusively organized by trainees from universities across the network. The members of the organizing committee were:

Guillermo Arango Duque, CHPI Student Representative and meeting chair, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

Felipe Dargent, McGill and Carleton University

Patrick Lypaczewski, McGill University

Christine Matte, INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier

Maeghan O’Neill, McGill University

Alessandra Ricciardi, McGill University

Christopher Warburton, Université du Québec à Montréal


The symposium program - PDF icon chpi2015_program.pdf - included keynote presentations from the following speakers:

Barbara A. Burleigh, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA – The intersection of parasite and host metabolism in the Trypanosoma cruzi intracellular growth cycle.

Research in the Burleigh lab seeks to understand how T. cruzi exploits host functions to establish intracellular infection in mammalian cells.

Michael Pollastri, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA – Efficient discovery of antiparasitic agents by a combination of kinase inhibitor repurposing and cross-pathogen screening.

Dr. Pollastri’s research focus is primarily in the area of neglected tropical disease drug discovery.

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA – Combating Neglected Tropical Diseases: The role of product development partnerships in accelerating translation of discoveries into new vaccines.

Dr. Bottazzi is a leading expert in the fields of vaccine development, Chagas disease, and other tropical diseases.


In this year’s symposium, 54 trainees presented their research in the form of oral or poster communications.

This year’s program was broadened to include an Alternative Careers panel in order to expose trainees to professional areas outside of academia available after graduation. Trainees had the opportunity to listen to panelists’ career paths and ask questions.


The organizers congratulate the following trainees for their outstanding presentations. Congratulations!

Vanessa Diniz Atayde, McGill University, Olivier laboratory (best oral presentation)

Steve Cornick, University of Calgary, Chadee laboratory (second-best oral presentation)

Olivier Séguin, INRS-Institut Armand Frappier, Descoteaux laboratory (best poster presentation)

Marcus Kaji, McGill University, Geary laboratory (second-best poster presentation)


We thank you for making CHPI2015 a great conference!


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