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October 9-12th, 2018 workshop and conference

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

It is our pleasure to announce 'The 2nd International Blastocystis Conference' to be held in Bogotá, Colombia at Oct 11-12th in 2018 under the auspices of The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Direction of Investigations and Innovation from Universidad del Rosario, Genproducts S.A.S. and Annar Diagnostisca S.A.
 

The past few years have seen a substantial surge in Blastocystis research in many areas, and so the main foci of this conference will be:
 
  • Diagnosis and molecular characterisation
  • Epidemiology
  • Evolutionary biology and advances in genomics
  • Intestinal ecology (microbiomes)
  • Clinical significance including potential relationship to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):
The Conference will also serve as an initial forum to address and discuss critical questions including: 
 
  • What is the evidence of Blastocystis pathogenicity?
  • If Blastocystis may be pathogenic, what then are the factors involved? Which mechanisms could potentially be involved in the development of disease?
  • Could specific host factors be responsible for the development of symptomatic Blastocystis infections, and if so, how can these be identified?
  • How can Blastocystis infections be controlled?
  • Is there any correlation between the human intestinal microbiota and Blastocystis carriage?
  • How can novel technology and multi-disciplinary approaches assist in answering fundamental questions concerning the clinical significance of Blastocystis?
We hope that the Conference will attract not only experts on Blastocystis, but also biologists and medical doctors in the fields of clinical microbiology, infectious diseases, gastroenterology, evolutionary biology, and microbial ecology. Certainly, those who have expressed interest so far cover a wide spectrum of these research areas.
 
There will be a two-day Blastocystis workshop which will be held at Oct 9-10th and will cover conventional diagnosis, molecular diagnosis, molecular epidemiology, microbiota profiling and comparative genomics.
 
We are looking very much forward to seeing you in Bogotá in 2018!
 
Our warmest regards,
Scientific committee
Juan David Ramírez, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.
Rune Stensvold, Statens Serum Institut, Denmark.
Funda Dogruman-Al, University of Gazi, Turkey.


INVITED SPEAKERS

These are the guest speakers


Imagen ANDREW J. ROGER, Ph.D

ANDREW J. ROGER, Ph.D

Centre for Comparative Genomics & Evolutionary Bioinformatics
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Dalhousie University
Canada

Imagen FUNDA DOGRUMAN-AL, Ph.D.

FUNDA DOGRUMAN-AL, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Medical Faculty of Gazi University
Turkey

Imagen JUAN DAVID RAMIREZ, Ph.D

JUAN DAVID RAMIREZ, Ph.D

Principal Professor
Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Universidad del Rosario
Colombia

Imagen HISAO YOSHIKAWA, Ph.D

HISAO YOSHIKAWA, Ph.D

Associate Professor
Nara Women’s University
Japan

Imagen KEVIN TAN, Ph.D.

KEVIN TAN, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Tenured), Department of Microbiology, National University of Singapore
Singapore

Imagen ÖZGÜR KURT, Ph.D.

ÖZGÜR KURT, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Acibadem Universitesi
Turkey

Imagen RAUL TITO, Ph.D.

RAUL TITO, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
The Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium
Peru

 

Imagen RODOLFO CASERO, Ph.D.

RODOLFO CASERO, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Argentina

Imagen RUNE STENSVOLD, Ph.D

RUNE STENSVOLD, Ph.D

Senior Investigator
Statens Serum Institute
Denmark 

SCHEDULE


 
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 11th, 2018 7:00 - 8:00 Registration of participants
8:00 - 8:30 Opening ceremony: Words of Welcome and Introduction of the Universidad del Rosario
8:30 - 10:30 Session 1 - Blastocystis in America 

The impact of Blastocystis and intestinal polyparasitism in the gut microbiota: A comprehensive analysis in Colombian patients (Keynote speaker: Juan David Ramirez)

Blastocystis: Clinical and epidemiological aspects of the most prevalent enteric protozoan in Argentina (Keynote speaker: Rodolfo Casero)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:00 Oral presentations
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Session 2 - New Insights in Blastocystis Molecular and Cell Biology: New Tools, Animal Models and Implications for Microbiome Studies (Keynote speaker: Kevin Tan)
3:00 - 4:00 Session 3 - Blastocystis: Updates on detection, subtypes, host specificity and associations to microbiome signatures (Keynote speaker: Christen Rune Stensvold)
3:00 - 4:00 Coffee break + poster viewing
4:00 - 5:00 Oral presentations
5:00 - 6:00 Session 4 - Blastocystis: Beyond genus and its association with the human gut microbiota (Keynote speaker: Raul Tito)
7:00 - 9:00 Gala Dinner
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 12th, 2018 08:00 - 9:00 Session 5 - Blastocystis in clinical microbiology: advantages and disadvantages of methods used in diagnosis. What can we do for standardization? (Keynote speaker: Funda Dogruman-Al)
9:00 - 10:00 Oral presentations
10:00 - 10:30 Coffe break
10:30 - 11:30 Session 6 - Clinical significance of Blastocystis: Reality or illusion? (Keynote speaker: Özgür Kurt)
11:30 - 12:30 Oral presentations
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Session 7 - Blastocystis and zoonotic potential (Keynote speaker: Hisao Yoshikawa)
3:00 - 4:00 Session 8 - Insights into Blastocystis genome plasticity and subtype differences from comparative genomics (Keynote speaker: Andrew Rogers)
4:00 - 5:00 Coffee break + poster viewing
5:00 - 5:30 Awards: Best poster and best oral presentation
5:30 - 7:00 Closure ceremony
*Program subject to adjustments in conferences and schedules, for reasons of the construction of the event.

 
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 9th, 2018 08:00 - 9:00 Registration of participants and coffee
9:00 - 9:30 Opening ceremony and welcome to Universidad del Rosario
9:30 - 10:00 Introduction and rationale of the workshop (Lecturer: Juan David Ramírez)
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 12:30 Workshop Session 1: Blastocystis in clinical practice and public health (lecturers: Funda Dogruman-Al and Özgür Kurt)
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 Workshop Session 2: Microscopy, simple culture, and CoproELISA Ag techniques for diagnosis of Blastocystis  (lecturers: Özgür Kurt, Funda Dogruman-Al, Rodolfo Casero)
4:00 - 4:30 Coffee break
4:30 - 6:30 Workshop Session 3: In vitro (animal experimental) and in vitro (cell) models (lecturers: Kevin Tan and Hisao Yoshikawa)
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 10th, 2018 08:00 - 10:00 Workshop Session 4: Molecular diagnosis and characterization of Blastocystis, Bioinformatic tools for Blastocystis researches (Phylogenetic analysis, BLAST, The Blastocystis online databases, and metagenomic approaches) (lecturers: Juan-David Ramirez and Christen Rune Stensvold)
10:00 - 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 - 12:30 Workshop Session 5: DNA extraction , PCR/Real-time PCR, Sequencing (Sanger) (lecturer: Juan David Ramírez)
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 Workshop Session 6: Gut microbiota profiling and Blastocystis (lecturers: Christen Rune Stensvold and Raul Tito)
4:00 - 4:30 Coffee break
4:30 - 6:30 Workshop session 7: Blastocystis comparative genomics and evolution (lecturer: Andrew Roger)
6:30 - 7:00 Closure
*Program subject to adjustments in conferences and schedules, for reasons of the construction of the event.

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REGISTRATION


Category

Early-bird registration
before July 31st, 2018​

Registration
after August 1st, 2018​

Undergraduate students

30 USD

50 USD

Postgraduate students

40 USD

60 USD

Professionals and researchers (not students)

60 USD

80 USD

Workshop

100 USD

150 USD

The registration includes assistance to the conferences, poster sessions and coffee break.
 

If you want to assist to the Gala Dinner, there is an extra fee of 30 USD.


The workshop has only 30 spots available!

REGISTER HERE

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The Scientific Program Committee of the 2nd International Blastocystis Conference (2IBC) invites authors to submit abstracts for this important event. The abstract submission is NOW OPEN.

Submissions are sought for oral presentations and posters, and can be made via the abstract submission system ONLY.

All abstracts MUST follow the instructions.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DETAILS

The Submission deadline for Oral and Poster Abstracts is  SEPTEMBER 1st, 2018.

The Abstracts will only be accepted if the author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of SEPTEMBER 15th, 2018.

All accepted abstracts will be included within the Conference Abstract Book which will be available on the Conference website.

There will be a SPECIAL ISSUE of INFECTION, GENETICS AND EVOLUTION dedicated to the 2nd International Conference. The manuscripts submitted will undergo an usual evaluation round with at least two independent, anonymous referees. Deadline for submission will be informed shortly.

All enquiries regarding abstracts for the 2IBC should be emailed to 2ibc@urosario.edu.co.

SUBMIT HERE
 

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