Welcome to the ICOPA 2022 Online Program
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KEYNOTE: LIVING WITH PARASITES - IN GENERAL, AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE (ID 238)
The default state throughout our history is to be infected with parasites. However, this has changed dramatically during the last century in some parts of the world including Denmark. Here people were commonly infected with helminths just a century ago, while not know, but who knows, will they return in the future? Under the theme ‘Living with parasites’, I will cover how our Viking ancestors used to live with parasites and my own up, close and personal experiences with helminths and what the future might bring.
First, I will look into the past and show how we have identified helminth eggs in archaeological samples from northern Europe with the oldest dating back to the Viking age (AD 1030). We were able to reconstruct the full mtDNA genomes of ancient Ascaris sp. and Trichuris trichiura and using whole-genome sequencing on both the ancient and modern Trichuris samples we were able to infer how this parasite has been distributed globally in the past.
I will then move into some more personal experiences, namely my self-infection studies to uncover some basic aspects of T. trichiura biology, but also as a treatment of my chronic inflammatory condition, psoriasis.
Lastly, we move to the future. What is ahead of us? Will we see a re-introduction of parasites in the form of controlled infection, or the use of parasite-derived molecules, as novel therapies in the future or even as preventive medicine? What will new insight into host responses and parasite biology and treatment options in the future?
PRESIDENT OF WORLD FEDERATION OF PARASITOLOGISTS, SOUTH KOREA (ID 1619)
DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, SWITZERLAND (ID 1620)
WELCOME ON BEHALF OF SBSP AND DSP, AND ISFP AND EVPC (ID 2391)
CHALLENGES OF AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR TEACHING LABORATORY PARASITOLOGY IN A COUNTRY WITH LOW PARASITE BURDENS (ID 1914)
In this case-based presentation, Professor Pritt will discuss the challenges of teaching clinical parasitology in a country with low parasite burdens, and present recommendations creating and implementing a formal parasitology educational program.
TAKING CLINICIANS ABROAD TO LEARN PARASITOLOGY AND TROPICAL MEDICINE (ID 1915)
The challenges and opportunities to teach tropical medicine i the tropics will be presented here. The Gorgas course has 27 years of uninterrupted activity reaching health care workers from all over the world. Using positive reinforcement as well as adapting new methodologies the Gorgas courses have remakin at the forefront of innovation.
BUILDING A CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAM IN NEGLECTED TROPICAL DISEASES IN A NON-ENDEMIC SETTING (ID 1916)
THE GROWING NEED FOR PARASITOLOGY TRAINING PROGRAMS IN COUNTRIES OF LOW ENDEMICITY: BUILDING A CLINICAL PARASITOLOGY COURSE (ID 1917)
Dr. Weatherhead will review the importance of Tropical Medicine education for health care professionals in regions of low parasite burden and present strategies to enhance learning of and exposure to parasite-related healthcare concerns.