Special meeting to explore filarial research collaboration opportunities between the Fiocruz ILMD & Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Between the 27 and 30 of November 2017, the Fiocruz ILMD will be playing host to four distinguished researchers from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). Professor Mark Taylor is head of the LSTM´s department of Parasitology and is President of the British Society for Parasitology and will be visiting the Fiocruz ILMD together with Professor Steve Ward (Deputy Director of the LSTM) and Drs Joseph Turner (LSTM senior lecture) and Simon Wagstaff (LSTM head of scientific computing). Professor Taylor and his LSTM team are members of the anti-Wolbachia (A-WOL) consortium, which is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored consortium involved in anti-filarial drug discovery and development. The A-WOL consortium is presently developing macrofilaricidal drug therapies which function by targeting the filarial parasite´s endosymbiont Wolbachia. The LSTM research team will be in Manaus for three days for exploratory talks designed to foster research collaborations between the A-WOL consortium and active Brazilian filarial research scientist. The first day of the event will be open to all interested research scientist and students and will include one-hour lectures from each member of our LSTM guests. For further background on our guest speakers please follow the links below:

 

Professor Mark Taylor

(http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/about/people/professor-mark-taylor

Professor Stephen Ward

http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/about/people/professor-stephen-ward

Dr Joseph Turner

http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/about/people/dr-joseph-turner

Dr Simon Wagstaff

http://www.lstmed.ac.uk/about/people/dr-simon-wagstaff

 

Event programme for the 28.11.2017 – Open session

 

9:00 – 9:15Dr Sergio Luz (Director of the Fiocruz ILMD)

Dr Luz will welcome his invited guests to the Fiocruz ILMD

 

9:15 – 9:45Dr Rodrigo Correa (Vice President of Research Fiocruz)

Dr Correa will provide an outline of existing Fiocruz international research collaborations in Rio and elsewhere and will provide advice on how new such collaborations can be successfully launched in the Amazon region.

 

9:45 – 10:45Professor Steve Ward (Deputy Director, LSTM)

The role of academia in anti-infective drug discovery

 

10:45 – 11:00Coffee break

Our invited guest will be served Brazilian coffee, fresh rainforest fruit juice and regional snacks during this brief interval.

 

11:00 – 12:00 Professor Mark Taylor (Head of Parasitology, LSTM)

AWOL: a decade of drug discovery targeting the Wolbachia endosymbiont of filarial nematodes

 

12:00 – 13:00Lunch break

Our LSTM guests will be invited to join Fiocruz ILMD researchers for lunch at a local buffet-style restaurant.

 

13:00 – 14:00Dr Joseph Turner (Senior Lecturer, LSTM)

Novel preclinical models of filariasis: imaging infection, pathology and treatment response

 

14:00 – 15:00  – Dr Simon Wagstaff (Head Scientific Computing)

Challenges and progress interacting with big data

 

15:00 – 15:15 – Coffee break

Our invited guest will be served Brazilian coffee, fresh rainforest fruit juice and regional snacks during this brief interval.

 

15:15 – 16:00Dr Felipe Pessoa (FIOCRUZ ILMD)

Mansonelliasis epidemiology in the Brazilian Amazon region

 

16:00 – 16:30Dr. Sergio Basano (Centro de Medicina Tropical de Rondonia RO)

Mansonelliasis treatment and control in the Brazilian amazon

 

16:30 – 17:00Dr J. Lee Crainey (FIOCRUZ ILMD)

Developing filarial parasite surveillance tools for the Brazilian Amazon region

 

Event programme for 29.11.2017

 

09:00 – 12:00Tour of the FMT-HVD

Fiocruz ILMD researcher and FMT-HVD medical practitioner Dr Marcus Lacerda and FMT-HVD director of research Dr Wuelton Monteiro will greet the LSTM guests at the FMT-HVD and provide them with a tour of the hospital’s research facilities.

Student Talks

13:00 – 13:30Uziel Swaua Msc (Fiocruz ILMD)

Evidence for M. ozzardi resistance to Ivermectin in Sao Gabriel do Cachoeira.

 

13:30 – 14:00Túllio Romão Ribeiro da Silva Msc (Fiocruz ILMD)

Flies in the ointment: Onchocerciasis vector bites are significantly reduced by the skin application of mineral oil during human landing catches

 

14:00 – 14:30Yago Santos Bsc (Fiocruz ILMD)

Are standard Wolbachia detection tools over-estimating the prevalence of Wolbachia infections in mosquitoes?

 

14:30 – 14:45 – Coffee break

Our invited guest will be served Brazilian coffee, fresh rainforest fruit juice and regional snacks during this brief interval.

 

14:45 – 15:00 – Tour of the Fiocruz ILMD laboratory facilities

Our invited guest will be provided with a tour the Fiocruz ILMD laboratory facilities.

 

15:00- 17:00 – FIOCRUZ & LSTM project proposal discussions: closed session

In this closed-door meeting the LSTM team and selected Fiocruz researchers will discuss collaborative research proposals and funding opportunities.

 

  Event programme for the 30.11.2017

 

9:00- 12:00 –Project proposal wrapping up meeting: closed session

During this session, the LSTM team and Fiocruz researchers will select specific research project proposals and specific funding calls that collaborative joint grant applications can be submitted to.  The LSTM team and Fiocruz researchers will decide on a firm agenda for the preparation of grant-application submission with clearly delineated tasks for each of the applicants.

12-00-14-00 – Special lunch

Dr Luz will take our LSTM guest to a special restaurant so our guest can sample the best of traditional Amazonia food and drink.

14-00- 17:00 –Project proposal spill-over meeting or free session.

Depending on the progress of the meeting and the desires of our LSTM guests, this session can be used to resolve out-standing issues from earlier discussions or can be used for tourist activities. The Brazilian Amazon has a lot to offer tourists and we will be glad to show our guests the parts that most interest them. They will, of course, need to remember their swimming trunks if the decide they want to swim with our pink river dolphins.

 

 

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