IDDO symposium to open BSP Spring Meeting

The British Society of Parasitology’s (BSP) three-day Spring Meeting is one of the biggest events in the society’s calendar and takes place at the University of Edinburgh from 15–17 April 2020. A strong malaria theme will run through the next meeting and IDDO is delighted to announce it will be opening next year’s event with a symposium.

Edinburgh view from Calton Hill
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Credit Gary Campbell-Hall

The symposium will centre on discussions about poverty-related infectious diseases: visceral leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases, Chagas disease and malaria.

IDDO’s Director Professor Philippe Guérin will present the opening plenary on Wednesday, 15 April, 2020.

Other IDDO presentations will include:

  • Professor Simon Croft, former IDDO board member and Professor of Parasitology in the Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, will present Methodological challenges in measuring drug efficacy for the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis.
  • Dr Martin Walker, assistant professor at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, and IDDO Senior Scientist, will discuss work in developing a research agenda for a data platform on schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiases.
  • The IDDO symposium also welcomes Dr Nathalie Strub-Wourgaf, Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, DNDi, who will discuss the Value of a data platform for drug development and for regulatory agencies: the case of Chagas disease.
  • Professor Sir Nicholas White, Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford and also Professor at Mahidol University in Thailand and IDDO board member, who will reflect on the achievements of 10 years of the WWARN global malaria clinical data platform.

The BSP Spring meeting takes place over three-days and delegates will get the chance to attend more than 100 talks and workshops led by speakers from across the world.