Chandrawathani Panchadcharam Malaysia Plenary Session: Anthelmintic Resistance - An Escalating Issue in Malaysia
Dr Chandrawathani Panchadcharam has been involved with Anthelmintic resistance work in Malaysia, working with small ruminants since 1988 in the Parasitology Section, Veterinary Research Institute, DVS, Malaysia. Her main concerns are in the area of alternative control methods and engaging local farmers in worm control basket of options. She has worked extensively with ACIAR & CSIRO on epidemiology of helminthiasis in ruminants and Biological control options with SWEPAR, Uppsala. Her research involves projects at the national ( IRPA & E Science Programmes) and international level ( JICA, CIRAD ) in the area of trypanosomiasis, Babesiosis, Theileriosis, Myiasis, Fascioliasis and local herbal remedies and effective microbes for helminthiasis management . Presently, she is laboratory coordinator for DVS regional laboratories involved with standardising Lab techniques, training and monitoring activities in lab strenghtening programmes. She is also actively involved in publishing scientific articles with the official Department journal that is the Malaysian Journal of Veterinary Research.
Nicholas Sangster Australia Plenary Session: Anthelmintic resistance: 50 years and counting…
Nick commenced his teaching and research career at the University of Sydney. There he undertook research on anthelmintic resistance in internal parasites of grazing animals and in pursuing this work collaborated internationally. During this career he was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Parasitology, developed web-based educational material including the SCIPS site which was later incorporated into WormBoss, initiated and contributed to a Veterinary Parasitology etext, was a Science Fellow for the veterinary medicines regulator, APVMA, became a Fellow of the Australian Society for Parasitology and is a registered Specialist Veterinary Parasitologist. In 2006 Nick joined the staff of Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga and became Head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2011 where he championed the training of rural veterinarians. In 2016 Nick moved to Meat and Livestock Australia, the major Research and Development Corporation for the Australian red meat industry, where he is Program Manager of Grass Fed Productivity.
Shin-ichiro Kawazu Japan Plenary Session: Investigation On Intra-Erythrocytic Development Of Babesia Parasites Using Bioimaging Analysis
My interest in parasitology started when I graduated from Kitasato University, School of Veterinary Medicine in Japan with DVM. I received PhD degree in Veterinary Medicine from Hokkaido University in 1993. I first joined the Ministry of Agriculture through the National Institute of Animal Health Japan as a research officer on bovine theileriosis and babesiosis. In this field, my major contribution in the 1990's was the reclassification of the Theileria species causing benign theileriosis in cattle and water buffaloes in Asia done in collaboration with parasitologists from Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and UK. In 2000, I moved to the Ministry of Health and worked on malaria and other tropical zoonoses for several years. In 2006, I returned to work in the area of veterinary parasitology as a professor at the National Research Center for Protozoan Diseases in Obihiro University. Our current approach is the development and application of genetically modified parasite for investigating host-parasite interaction in apicomplexan parasites such as Babesia.
Domenico Otranto, DVM, PhD, Dip. EVPC, FRES Italy Plenary Session: Arthropod-borne pathogens of dogs and cats: pathways and times of transmission and disease control
Domenico Otranto BVetMed, PhD, DipEVPC is Professor in Veterinary Parasitology and Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari (Italy). He was recipient of the "Peter Nansen" International award of the WAAVP and of an International award of the "Lincei Academy". He is President of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC), Editor in Chief of Medical and Veterinary Entomology, advisor editor of Parasites and Vectors and member of the editorial board of several international journals. His research experience mostly focuses on dog and cat vector borne diseases of zoonotic concern. His scientific output to date consists of over 410 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, numerous book chapters and two books in the field.
Mark Carrington United Kingdom Plenary Session: The molecular architecture of the African trypanosome cell surface
Mark Carrington is a Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Botany and a PhD on the biosynthesis of Concanavalin A. Since then he has worked on African trypanosomes in Germany and then back in Cambridge. The current interests in his lab concentrate on two unique aspects of trypanosome biology: the molecular interactions with the mammalian host and the regulation of gene expression.
Carlos Lanusse Argentina Plenary Session: The uncertain future of anthelmintic pharmaco-therapy in ruminants
Carlos Lanusse is Full Professor of Veterinary Pharmacology, Director of the Center of Veterinary Research (CONICET) at Tandil, Argentina. He is the Scientific Director of a research program on the "Pharmacology of antiparasitic drugs in ruminants". An important number of Ph.D. students have received their formation in under Dr. Lanusse´s supervision.
Professor Lanusse is internationally recognized for his outstanding contribution to the integrated understanding of the plasma disposition kinetics, tissue distribution, biotransformation in the animal host and patterns of parasite influx/efflux/metabolism for different antiparasitic compounds in livestock animals. This pharmaco-parasitological knowledge applied to optimise parasite control, has been worldwide disseminated in over 200 peer-reviewed publications in the most reputed Parasitology/Pharmacology Journals. Bibliometric indicators in Scopus: 3750 citations, h index: 34; Google Scholar: 4690 citations, h index: 39. Professor Lanusse has received numerous scientific awards throughout his career. He was the 2015 WAAVP-Bayer Award recipient for Excellence in Research in Veterinary Parasitology.
C.P. Ramachandran Malaysia Keynote Session: One Health, Zoonosis and the Ivermectin story
Professor Dato' Dr C.P. Ramachandran, has had an exemplary career, academically, service wise and socially. His substantive contributions in the field of education, research and community service to Malaysia and through the United Nations to the international community, are well known to most of us. He helped to establish a new awareness of the disease which did not exist previously. His constant interactions with governments, research institutions and non-governmental organizations, helped to highlight the socio-economic burden of the illness by initiating studies in this much neglected disease and for the first time, researchers and health managers realized the extent of the social stigma and the economic burden that the disease imposes on the community. In addition to his scientific achievements, he distinguished himself as a "science diplomat" and has helped to develop a global network of scientists to work on tropical diseases. This has been possible solely due to his conviction that good research can be carried out in endemic countries provided the right support was provided. His generosity and infectious enthusiasm coupled with perseverance were the key ingredients that made the filariasis research and control programmes globally successful. During his 17 years of service with WHO, Prof Ramachandran not only contributed regionally and globally in communicable disease research and control, but was a true representative of Malaysia in Geneva. His constant interaction with the global community of scientists, administrators, decision makers and leaders in the field of education and health brought considerable credibility to Malaysia. More recently the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang conferred on him the title of "Professor Emeritus' for his contributions to higher education in Malaysia. Professor Dr C.P. Ramachandran continues to serve the scientific community in Malaysia as well as at the global level in various technical committees in filariasis and tropical diseases of WHO, as well as the Gates and Melinda Gates research grant group.
Heo Chong Chin
Heo Chong Chin Malaysia Concurrent Session: Arthropods, Microbes, and Soil Chemistry Dynamics associated with Delayed Carrion Decomposition: Implications to Public Health
Heo Chong Chin was born in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia on 18 April 1983. He obtained his Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences (Hons.) in 2006, and Master in Medical Science (Parasitology) in 2009 from the National University of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University in 2016. He was a research officer at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR), Kuala Lumpur (2008-2009), and since 2009 he has served as a faculty member of the Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. As of 2017, he has published 43 peer-reviewed journal articles, one book and one book chapter. He has also delivered approximately 70 platforms and poster presentations at local and international conferences. He obtained the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award in 2017, Perdana Scholar Award (Research, Innovation & Publication) in 2016, the Vice President Award for Research Excellent during the Student Research Week at Texas A&M University in 2015, Excellent Service Award from the Vice Chancellor of University Teknologi MARA in 2011. Chong Chin also received a scholarship from the Medical, Urban, Veterinary Entomology section, Entomological Society of America (ESA) during the 2015 ESA Annual Conference at Minneapolis, USA. Additionally, he received the first place for outstanding presentation in research during the 18th annual graduate student forum organized by the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University. During his time at Texas A&M University, Chong Chin was a team member in ESA Linnaean Game, and a committee member for the largest graduate student-organized symposium - 17th Annual Ecological Integration Symposium (EIS). He is the current Assistant Secretary, and was the former Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer for the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine (MSPTM). He is also an associate member of the North American Forensic Entomology Association (NAFEA) and the European Association for Forensic Entomology (EAFE).
Sam Mohan Aruputham
Sam Mohan Aruputham Malaysia Concurrent Session:
Dr Sam Mohan formerly the Southeast Asia Regional Director for Agilent Technologies, Life Sciences Group holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University Pertanian Malaysia (UPM). Dr Sam began his career in the early 90's as a veterinary officer in the Veterinary Research Institute (VRI) Ipoh. He obtained his Master of Science degree (Anthelmintic Resistance) while at VRI and worked with associated foreign agencies i.e. the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Afterwhich, he joined the Biotech Industry and worked with GE Healthcare, Bio-Rad Laboratories and Agilent Technologies till 2014. Today, Dr Sam runs several Biotech trading companies in South East Asia and an Animal Hospital in Penang.
Lau Yee Ling
Lau Yee Ling Malaysia Concurrent Session: Rapid detection of Plasmodium knowlesi by isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification assay (RPA)
Dr Lau's scientific career has been dedicated to the study of protozoan parasites, including Plasmodium knowlesi and Toxoplasma gondii, the causative agents of malaria and toxoplasmosis respectively. These parasitic diseases exact immense health and economic burdens. Her interest in these pathogens does not only rest on their major impact on public health, but also due to the fact that they offer an ideal model for fundamental biological studies. The overall approach of her research in this field is the application of molecular biology techniques to elucidate various aspects of the infection including epidemiological, immunological, clinical and biological perspectives. She has also devised tools and approaches for molecular epidemiological studies and diagnosis.
Wan Kiew-Lian Malaysia Concurrent Session: Identification and characterisation of secreted proteins from Eimeria parasites
Dr. Kiew-Lian Wan obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK in the field of Molecular Parasitology. He is currently a Professor at the School of Biosciences and Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. For much of his research career, he has worked on the various aspects of genomics and molecular parasitology. His current research is focused on the sequencing and analysis of genomes from tropical organisms, particularly the protozoan parasites of the Eimeria genus.
Siti Nursheena Malaysia Concurrent Session: Impact of pH on the viability and morphology of Blastocystis isolates
Associate Prof Dr Siti Nursheena is currently serving as a lecturer at the Faculty Science, University of Malaya. Her research career began in the field of mammalian and molecular parasitology to which she obtained her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London. Dr Sheena research expertise covers the epidemiology of a wide range of parasites from protozoan, helminths and ectoparasites particularly from stray animals to rodents. Presently, she is also working with the urban poor communities where she is the team leader for an epidemiological investigation into the incidence of parasitic infection among the urban poor of Malaysia.
Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee
Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee Malaysia Keynote Session
Robin B. Gasser
Robin B. Gasser Australia Plenary Session: The expanding parasite genome universe – giving 'big data' meaning
Robin earned his Dr med vet (1988) in Switzerland, and his PhD (1990) and DVSc (2000) at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Robin's main focus has been on developing and employing molecular, genomic and bioinformatic technologies to investigate socio-economically important parasites and to develop new diagnostic methods and intervention strategies. His goal has been to provide unique technology platforms and foster a skills-and-knowledge base in parasitology, genomics and genetics, and to establish advanced technologies and concepts to gain improved insights into infectious diseases, disease processes, the biology of pathogens and the interactions of pathogens with their hosts. Various projects are funded by governmental and non-governmental bodies as well as industry partners, and are also having important fundamental, applied and/or translational outcomes. Robin is the editor and editorial board member of some key international scientific journals. He is a DipEVPC, FASM and FASP, and has received a number of awards and honours, including the Bancroft Mackerras Medal (2000), Fulbright Professorial Scholarship (2008/9) and the WAAVP-Bayer Excellence in Research Award (2009).
Suresh Govind Malaysia Concurrent Session: Blastocystis sp.- Recent advances , Current status and future perspectives
Professor Dr Suresh Kumar Govind completed his Diploma in Science in Tuanku Abdul Rahman College and obtained his Bachelors of Science (Bio) (Chem) from Campbell University North Carolina USA in 1985. He obtained his Diploma In Applied Parasitology and Entomology (DAP & E) at the Institute Medical Research, Kuala Lumpur, MSC in Medical Parasitology from University of Malaya and his PhD from the National University of Singapore in 1994 . He became a lecturer at the Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, and Associate Professor in 2001 and a full Professor in 2006. Currently he serves as the Head of the Department of Parasitology.
His special focused dedication was on a protozoan parasite, Blastocystis and for the past 25 years have generated more than 110 scientific papers, presented more than 270 conference papers, and written several chapters in publications by World Health Organization. He has supervised more than 100 elective, diploma, graduate and post-graduate students including at doctorate level. His expertise in Blastocystis was often sought to be a reviewer for internationally refereed journals and is responsible for placing the organism for the first time in the fact list of the WHO publication on the drinking water guidelines. He was the winner of the National Young Scientist Award, Malaysian Toray Grant Award, Commonwealth Scholarship Award, Gold Innovative award at the national level as well as the winner of GOLD medal at the international ITEX exhibition. He has also won the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine Silver Medal, the Prime Minister's Productivity award and the prestigious Malaysian Toray Science award as well as winning a few times the University Malaya excellence award.. He was conferred the global Malayalee Award for research in 2015 and the National Educators Award from the Association of Private Institutions. In 2016 won the Parija Oration Award from the Indian Academy of Tropical Parasitology for outstanding contribution to the field of Parasitology. He was conferred a Fellow to the Malaysian Academy of Science in 2015.
He has served as an expert member for the Drinking Water guidelines committee for the World Health Organization since 2004. He has also served as an International Consultant for Indian Ocean Center for Education in Human Values, Mauritius. He has also been appointed by the Prime Minister of Malaysia to be a member of the National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC) and the committee for inter-faith promotion (JKMPKA) a board member to IKLIN and a board member of the Yayasan I Malaysia.
He is a member of several professional societies such as the Life member of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine where he also served as the secretary and the President, Institute of Biology, United Kingdom (which carries the title CBiol, MIBiol), Malaysian Scientific Association (which carries the title A.M.S.A), Member of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and Life member of the Indian Society of Parasitology.
Prof Dr Suresh Govind was the former President of the Sathya Sai International Organization (SSIO) , Malaysia, an organization dedicated to the promotion of human values , service and national unity. He has been instrumental in many nation building programmes in the country and have, travelled extensively around the world upon invitation to speak to youth, educators and members of the organization on human values and selfless service. He has authored 7 books mainly on human values and the universal teachings of Bhagavan Baba.
He is currently the International coordinator for Community Engagement for 121 countries for the world SSIO as well as the Coordinator for the Friendship Group of Inter- Religious Service, consisting of members from all the major religious groups in Malaysia.
James A. Zingeser, DVM, MPH
James A. Zingeser, DVM, MPH United States Bayer Plenary Session: Call in the veterinarians! – Testing an innovative strategy for Guinea worm eradication in Chad, 2016-2017
Jim Zingeser is an epidemiologist who has worked at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Carter Center since 1989. Jim was first trained in clinical veterinary medicine (Michigan State University, 1979) and then public health epidemiology (University of Michigan, 1990). He began his career at CDC in 1989 as an EIS officer and subsequently worked throughout Africa, Europe and Asia on projects ranging from Guinea worm and polio eradication to trachoma and meningococcal meningitis control. In his career, Jim has been posted to one ministry of agriculture, two African ministries of health and WHO. From 2009 to 2015, he was the first CDC liaison officer to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). During the West Africa Ebola epidemic, he was the CDC response lead in Guinea for four months, and worked in Sierra Leone to implement one health activities for two months. In March 2016, Jim rejoined the Guinea Worm Eradication Program at The Carter Center to explore innovative approaches to surveillance and response to animal infections with Guinea worm.
Balbir Singh Malaysia Concurrent Session: Plasmodium knowlesi: History and Epidemiology
Professor Balbir Singh is the founding director of the Malaria Research Centre, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). He obtained his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Liverpool (1976-1984). He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant and as a Beit Medical Fellow on falciparum malaria at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He continued working on malaria when he joined Universiti Sains Malaysia in 1992 and moved to UNIMAS seven years later. His research focuses on obtaining a greater understanding of the epidemiology, population genetics, evolutionary history and pathophysiology of malaria. A landmark discovery by his research team was that Plasmodium knowlesi, a simian malaria parasite, caused a large number of human infections in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. They have subsequently made several key discoveries indicating that knowlesi malaria is a significant, life-threatening zoonotic disease in Southeast Asia. His research has been funded by local and international funding agencies, including the Wellcome Trust. He has published in leading international journals, including the Lancet, Clinical Microbiology Reviews, PLoS Pathogens and Clinical Infectious Diseases. He has reviewed grant proposals from funding agencies in the UK, Australia and Brazil, is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and has served twice as a temporary advisor to the WHO.
Dennis vanengelsdorp United States Bayer Plenary Session: Varroa: the leading cause of colony mortality in the USA?
Dennis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland has a broad interest in pollinator health. The focus of his current work involves the application of epidemiological approaches to understanding and (importantly) improving honey bee health. Dennis is the founding president of the Bee Informed Partnership (BeeInformed.org) which attempts to provide a platform to collect "big data" on the state of managed honey bee colony health. Analysis of these data is providing important insights into the role beekeeper management practices and environmental factors (such as landscape pesticides and climate) have on keeping colonies alive.
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