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October 9-12th, 2018 workshop and conference

LOCATION

Universidad del Rosario
Bogotá D.C. Colombia


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 and Genproducts S.A.S.
 

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

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Imagen FUNDA DOGRUMAN-AL, Ph.D.

FUNDA DOGRUMAN-AL, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Medical Faculty of Gazi University
Turkey

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Imagen JUAN DAVID RAMIREZ, Ph.D

JUAN DAVID RAMIREZ, Ph.D

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

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Imagen KATERINA POMAJBIOVA, Ph.D.

KATERINA POMAJBIOVA, Ph.D.

Head of laboratory (Laboratory of Parasitic Therapy) at Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech Republic

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Imagen KEVIN TAN, Ph.D.

KEVIN TAN, Ph.D.

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

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Imagen ÖZGÜR KURT, Ph.D.

ÖZGÜR KURT, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Acibadem Universitesi
Turkey

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Imagen PAULIN SCANLAN, Ph.D.

PAULIN SCANLAN, Ph.D.

Research fellow
Royal Society-Science Foundation
Ireland University
Ireland

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Imagen RODOLFO CASERO, Ph.D.

RODOLFO CASERO, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Argentina

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Imagen RUNE STENSVOLD, Ph.D

RUNE STENSVOLD, Ph.D

Senior Investigator
Statens Serum Institute
Denmark 

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SCHEDULE


 
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 11th, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration of participants and coffee
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Words of Welcome and Introduction of the Universidad del Rosario
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Session 1
  • Blastocystis in America (chairs: Juan-David Ramirez, Rodolfo Casero)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Session 2
  • Blastocystis genomics and cell biology (chair: Kevin Tan)
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Session 3
  • Blastocystis epidemiology (chair: Christen Rune Stensvold)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Coffee break + poster viewing
4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Session 4
  • Blastocystis and gut microbiota (chair: Pauline Scanlan)
7:00 p.m. Gala Dinner
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 12th, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Session 5
  • Blastocystis in Clinial Microbiology (chair: Funda Dogruman-Al)
10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Coffee break + poster viewing
11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Session 6
  • Blastocystis in Infection Medicine (Chair: Özgür Kurt)
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Session 7
  • Blastocystis and in vivo and in vitro models (chair: Katerina Pomajbiova)
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Awards: Best poster and best YI presentation
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closure
*Program subject to adjustments in conferences and schedules, for reasons of the construction of the event.

 
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 9th, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Registration of participants and coffee
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Workshop Session 1
Blastocystis in clinical practice and public health (lecturers: Funda Dogruman-Al, Özgür Kurt, Christen Rune Stensvold)
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Workshop Session 2
Microscopy, simple culture, and CoproELISA Ag techniques for diagnosis of Blastocystis (facilitators: Özgür Kurt, Funda Dogruman-Al, Rodolfo Casero)
3:30 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Coffee break
3:50 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Workshop Session 3
In vivo (animal experimental) and in vitro (cell) models (lecturers: Kevin Tan, Katerina Pomajbikova)
7:00 p.m. Dinner (to be paid by delegates themselves)
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 10th, 2018 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Workshop Session 4
Molecular diagnosis and characterization of Blastocystis, Bioinformatic tools for Blastocystis researches (Phylogenetic analysis, BLAST, The Blastocystis online databases, and metagenomic approaches) (facilitators: Juan-David Ramirez, Christen Rune Stensvold)
11:00 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Coffee break
11:20 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Workshop Session 5
Practice: DNA extraction (automatized if available or manual) , PCR/Real-time PCR, Sequencing (Sanger or Pyrosequencing)  (Juan David Ramírez)
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop Session 6
Gut microbiota profiling and Blastocystis genomics (lecturers: Christen Rune Stensvold, Pauline Scanlan, Andrew Roger)
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closure (certificates)
*Program subject to adjustments in conferences and schedules, for reasons of the construction of the event.



VISIT BOGOTÁ


Centro Internacional de Bogotá

Centro Internacional Bogotá





REGISTRATION


Category

Undergraduate students

Postgraduate students

Professionals and researchers (not students)

Workshop

Early-bird registration
(Before June 30th, 2018)

35 USD

50 USD

65 USD

100 USD


Registration after July 1st, 2018

50 USD

65 USD

80 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 40 USD.


The workshop has only 30 spots available!

REGISTRATION WILL BE OPENED ON EARLY JANUARY 2018


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 submission by e-mail ONLY.

All abstracts MUST use the template and follow the instructions listed below.

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

The Abstracts will only be accepted if the author has registered and paid by the presenter registration deadline of JUNE 1ST, 2018.

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

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

All the abstracts must be submitted to the e-mail 2ibc@urosario.edu.co


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