September 22, 2021 - September 24, 2021

New approaches to get around roundworms

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.

The number of seats to attend this conference is limited. Please register as soon as possible. Convenors will confirm the participation to registered participants by the 16th of August. If you make preliminary bookings (travels, hotel...), make sure these are refundable. Registration fees will be claimed upon confirmation of participation.


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



Tuesday 21st september 2021 (centre of Tours, location to be confirmed)

  • 17:00 Registration
  • 18:30 Public lecture in French 
  • 19:30 Welcome reception

Wednesday 22nd september 2021 (Centre INRAE Val de Loire, Nouzilly)

  • 08:00 Transport by bus to Nouzilly, departure from Tours train station

 Session 1 Genomic/transcriptomic analyses of ascarids

  • 09:00 Dr Guillaume Sallé - Comparative biology – opportunities and challenges
  • 10:45 Coffee break

Session 2 Host-parasite interactions in ascarids

  • 11:15 Dr Friederike Ebner - Deciphering the immune reaction against ascarid parasites 
  • 13:00 Lunch

Session 3 Novel approaches to investigate ascaris gene function

  • 14:00 Dr Abdallah Harmache - C. elegans as an expression system for ascarid genes
  • 15:45 Coffee break

Session 4 Mode of anthelmintic drug action

  • 16:15 Prof. Adrian Wolstenholme - Phenotypic measurements relevant to ascarid biology
  • 18:00 Transport by bus to Gue Chappelle
  • 22:00 Return to Tours train station by bus

Thursday 23rd september 2021 (Centre INRAE Val de Loire, Nouzilly)

  • 08:00 Transport by bus to Nouzilly, departure from Tours train station

Session 5 - Current scope and future perspectives of Caenorhabditis elegans as a tool for ascarid research

  • 09:00  Dr Erik Andersen - title to be announced
  • 10:45 Coffee break

Session 6

  • 11:15  Dr Lindy Holden-Dye - title to be announced
  • 13:00 Lunch

Session 7 Alternative anthelmintic compounds

  • 14:00 Dr Cédric Neveu  - title to be announced
  • 16:00  Excursion & Conference dinner
  • Return to Tours train station by bus

Friday 24th september 2021 (Centre INRAE Val de Loire, Nouzilly)

  • 08:00 Transport by bus to Nouzilly, departure from Tours train station

Session 8 - Overall discussion, wrap up, future plans for the development of ARTI

  • 10:45 Coffee break
  • 11:15 Session 8 cont.
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Bus to Tours Station 



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(Including three lunches, two dinners, a Wine & Cheese cocktail, the coffee breaks and transportation by bus from/to Tours)

Private & public institutions 220 EUR
Students & PhD Scholars 110 EUR

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