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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 MÓNICA SANTÍN-DURÁN, PhD

MÓNICA SANTÍN-DURÁN, PhD

Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Lab
United States Department of Agriculture
United States

Más información
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 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 Keynote Session 1 (Chair: Christen Rune Stensvold – Denmark)

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

Blastocystis: Clinical and epidemiological aspects of the most prevalent enteric protozoan parasites in Argentina (Keynote speaker: Rodolfo Casero – Argentina).
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 11:15 Oral Session 1: Blastocystis in the Americas (Chair: Juan David Ramírez – Colombia)

OS-1-1: Analysis of Blastocystis subtypes infection and its association with gastrointestinal symptoms in a rural population from Mexico (Liliana Rojas-Velázquez, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico).
11:15 - 11:30 OS-1-2: Molecular characterization of Blastocystis sp. in chronic urticaria patients, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Gessica Melo, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil).
11:30 - 11:45 OS-1-3: Different subtypes of Blastocystis hominis (ST1, ST2 and ST4) are present in Chilean patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Sebastian Peña, University of Chile, Chile).
11:45 - 12:00 Oral Session 1: Blastocystis in the Americas (Chair: Juan David Ramírez – Colombia)

Questions
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Keynote Session 2 (Chair: Funda Dogruman-Al – Turkey)
New insights in Blastocystis molecular and cell biology: New tools, animal models and implications for microbiome studies (Keynote speaker: Kevin Tan – Singapore)
3:00 - 3:15 Oral Session 2: Blastocystis Molecular and Cell biology (Chair: Kevin Tan – Singapore)

OS-2-1: Identification and immunolocalization of Alpha-L-fucosidase in Blastocystis (Joel Martinez Ocaña, General Hospital "Dr. Manuel Gea González", Mexico)
3:15 - 3:30 OS-2-2: Identification of cysteine protease of Blastocystis ST-7 (Liao Chen-Chieh, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
  3:30 - 3:45 OS-2-3: Post-transcriptional regulation of mRNA in Blastocystis spp. A proposed pathway (William Arony, Hospital General “Dr. Manuel Gea González”, Mexico)
  3:45 - 4:00 Questions
  3:00 - 4:00 Coffee break + poster viewing
  4:00 - 5:00 Keynote Session 3 (Chair: Hisao Yoshikawa – Japan)

Advances and perspectives on the epidemiology of Blastocystis in food animals (Keynote speaker: Mónica Santín-Durán – USA)
  5:00 - 6:00 Keynote Session 4  (Chair: Monica Santín-Durán – USA)
Blastocystis and zoonotic potential (Keynote speaker: Hisao Yoshikawa – Japan)
  7:00 - 9:00 Gala Dinner
Day Time Participants and Activity
OCTOBER 12th, 2018 08:00 - 9:00 Keynote Session 5 (Chair: Raul Tito Tadeo – Peru)

Blastocystis: Updates on detection, subtypes, host specificity and associations to microbiome signatures (Keynote speaker: Christen Rune Stensvold – Denmark)
9:00 - 10:00 Keynote Session 6 (Chair: Rodolfo Casero – Argentina)
Blastocystis: Beyond genus and its association with the human gut microbiota (Keynote speaker: Raul Tito Tadeo – Peru)
10:00 - 10:30 Coffe break
10:30 - 10:45 Oral Session 3: Blastocystis and microbiome (Chair: Andrew Roger - Canada)

OS-3-1: A potentially pathogenic Blastocystis subtype disrupts gut microbiota (John Anthony Yason, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
10:45 - 11:00 OS-3-2: Exploring interactions between Blastocystis sp., other intestinal parasites and the gut microbiomes of wild Chimpanzees (Senegal): Not-so-friendly old-friends-hypothesis (Justinn Hamilton, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
11:00 - 11:15 OS-3-3: On the occurrence of Blastocystis subtypes and their correlation with faecal microbiota in HIV patients referred to University Hospital in Rome, Italy (Simona Gabrielli, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
11:15 - 11:30 Questions
11:30 - 12:30 Keynote Session 7 (Chair: Christen Rune Stensvold – Denmark)
Blastocystis in clinical microbiology: advantages and disadvantages of methods used in diagnosis. What can we do for standardization? (Keynote speaker: Funda Dogruman-Al - Turkey)
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 3:00 Oral Session 4: Blastocystis epidemiology and clinical microbiology (Chair: Funda Dogruman-Al - Turkey)
OS-4-1: Molecular diversity and frequency of Blastocystis sp. subtypes in Spanish clinical patients: A pilot multicentre study (David Carmena, National Centre for Microbiology, Spain)

OS-4-2: Use of next generation amplicon sequencing to improve detection of Blastocystis subtypes in mixed infections (Jenny Maloney, United States Department of Agriculture, USA)

OS-4-3: Detection of the Prevalence of Blastocystis sp. in Diarrheal Fecal Samples from Immunocompromised and Immunocompetent Patients. (Fakhriddin Sarzhanov, Gazi University, Turkey).

Questions
3:00 - 4:00 Keynote Session 8 (Chair: Juan David Ramírez – Colombia)

Insights into Blastocystis genome plasticity and subtype differences from comparative genomics (Keynote speaker: Andrew Roger – Canada)
  4:00 - 5:00 Coffee break + poster viewing
  5:00 - 5:30 Awards: Best poster and best oral presentation (Scientific Committee)
  5:30 - 7:00 Closing ceremony
Note: Program subject to adjustments.

 
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)
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch
2:00 - 4:00 Workshop Session 2: Microscopy, simple culture, and CoproELISA Ag techniques for diagnosis of Blastocystis  (lecturers: 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!

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