November 29, 2021 - December 1, 2021

New approaches to get around roundworms

Virtual meeting: instructions to connect are communicated upon registration.

Parasitic roundworms, also termed ascarids, share many biological and pathological features, and so a systematic collaborative approach to the study of these offers great synergistic potential in the development of new options for controlling these infections. This group of parasites are highly prevalent and of great clinical importance in human and animals, e.g. pigs, horses, chickens, dogs and cats. Some, such as Ascaris spp. are zoonotic and it is estimated that > 800 million people are at risk of infection with Ascaris lumbricoides. To promote the advancement of science and foster international multi-disciplinary research collaborations to combat diseases caused by ascarid worms, we propose the development of an international collaboration entitled ‘The Ascarid Research and Training Initiative (ARTI)’.
To facilitate this, we will hold a scientific conference including up to five workshops dedicated to the establishment of focus working groups on specific research themes addressing the state of the art in e.g. immune response, drug action and resistance as well as genomic/transcriptomic analyses of ascarids. ARTI will include researchers working on fundamental as well as applied research issues of ascarid infections in human and animal hosts. Academic, private/industrial and governmental research institutions will be involved. Furthermore, linking the conference with a workshop on ‘Approaches and perspectives of Caenorhabditis elegans as a tool for ascarid research’ will promote technology transfer and interdisciplinary research collaborations betw. parasitologists and those working on the ‘model’ nematode species.


Roundworms, Ascarids, anthelmintic resistance, new antiparasiticide discovery, anthelmintic mode of action, Immune response to helminth infections, Caenorhabditis elegans as a functional tool 


Confirmed speakers


Oral presentations (Abstracts submission)

Abstracts for oral presentation should be submitted before Monday 1st November 2021 
Please upload your abstract during the registration or send it before the deadline to
The number of oral presentations is limited, convenors will process a selection and confirm your presentation not later than Friday 5th November 2021.
Please download the template for oral presentation.

Preliminary Programme

Monday 29th november 2021 (14:00 - 18:00 ; GMT+1:00 - Paris)


  • 14:00 Official Opening by Prof. Adrian Wolstenholme, Dr Cédric Neveu & Dr Aurélien Montagu (Scientific Relations Manager of LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies)

Session 1: Ascarid physiology & Drug action

  • 14:15 Prof Lindy Holden-DyeAscaris physiology and pharmacology -what next? and how?
  • 14:35 Dr Paul Williams - Calcium imaging of Cry5B action on the intestine of Ascaris suum
  • 14:50 Prof. Richard Martin - Calcium imaging in the intestine of Ascaris suum, TRP channels and diethylcarbamazine
  • 15:05 Dr Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai - P-glycoproteins of Toxocara canis: characterization of expression and pharmacological activity
  • 15:20 General discussion
  • 15:50 Break

Session 2: Host-parasite interactions in ascarids

  • 16:20 Prof. Susanne Hartmann - Ascaris – immune response – microbiota triangle
  • 16:40 Dr Peter Nejsum - Extracellular vesicles and helminth immunomodulation 
  • 17:00 Sara Roose - New insights into the use of serology as a diagnostic tool for Ascaris infections in humans
  • 17:15 Dr Andrea Springer - Modulation of the porcine intestinal microbiome and metabolome by Ascaris suum infection
  • 17:30 Marie-Kristin Raulf - Binding of host C-type lectin receptors to Toxocara spp.-derived ligands – relevance of MGL-1 and MCL in toxocarosis
  • 17:45 General discussion
  • 18:15 End of the day

Tuesday 30th november 2021 (14:00 - 18:00 ; GMT+1:00 - Paris)

Session 3: Current scope and future perspectives of Caenorhabditis elegans as a tool for ascarid research 

  • 14:00 Prof Erik Anderson - The current scope and future perspectives of Caenorhabditis elegans as a tool for ascarid research
  • 14:20 Prof. Adrian Wolstenholme - C. elegans as a model for ascarid parasites; levamisole receptors
  • 14:35 Dr Cédric Neveu - Investigating anthelmintic molecular targets of Ascarids using C. elegans as a model: pros and cons 
  • 14:50 Prof. Georg von Samson-Himmelstjern - Functional analysis of heterologous expression of Parascaris univalens P-glycoprotein in C. elegans
  • 15:05 General discussion
  • 15:40 Break

Session 4: Genomic / transcriptomic analyses of ascarids

  • 16:00 Dr Jianbin Wang - Genomes and transcriptomes of the parasitic nematode Ascaris
  • 16:20 Dr Behdad Tarbiat -Allele frequency shift in the β-tubulin gene of Ascaridia galli in response to repeated exposure to fenbendazole
  • 16:35 Dr JB Collins - Lack of canonical beta-tubulin resistance alleles in two benzimidazole-resistant ascarid species
  • 16:50 Ben Jones - Disentangling the role of Ascaris β-tubulin isotypes in the emergence of anthelmintic resistance
  • 17:05 Frida Martin - Exploring the β-tubulin gene family in a benzimidazole-resistant Parascaris univalens population.
  • 17:20 General discussion
  • 18:00 End of the day

Wednesday 1st december 2021 (14:00 - 18:30 ; GMT+1:00 - Paris)

Session 5: Vaccines 

  • 14:00 Dr Friederike Ebner - Current challenges of vaccine development against Ascaris
  • 14:20 Dr Peter Geldhof - Natural immunity against Ascaris – What lessons can be learned for vaccine development?
  • 14:40 Dr Amit Prasad - Designing a multi-epitope chimeric vaccine candidate against Ascaris lumbricoides from its entire immunogenic epitopes: An immunoinformatics approach
  • 14:55 Dr Francisco Evangelista - A bioinformatics approach to the discovery of vaccination targets in Ascaris lumbricoides and Ascaris suum.
  • 15:10 General discussion
  • 15:45 Break

Session 6: Wrap-up and future plans

  • 16:15 Structured by sessions and provided by session chair(s) with wrap-up of session, key objectives, identified research themes and conclusion/next steps 
  • Opportunity to build working groups for dedicated themes/topics
  • Publication
  • Interactive Q&A with Klaxoon
  • Next meetings ?
  • 18:30 Conclusion 


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