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 Plenary Session: The Story behind the Global Elimination of Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis
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 is Director of several Life Science & Diagnostic companies in South East Asia. He used to run the Life Science Division of Agilent Technologies in South East Asia till 2013 and holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degree from University Pertanian Malaysia.
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 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), where he was liaison officer to adapt local and international policies for better co-operation.
Dr Sam has been in the Bio Industry for 20 years and has held leadership positions in Cell Biosciences Inc. (USA), Bio-Rad Laboratories (Singapore), Amersham Biosciences (Malaysia) and several local companies. Experienced in multi-task management and leading multiple employee teams for many years, he likes to observe quality performance in business development and encourage proprietary technology for a global market.
Dr Sam is currently on the advisory panel of School of Science, Monash University, Malaysia and was previously on the Bio-Industry Panel for Ministry of Human Resources, Malaysia. He has a keen passion for Veterinary Medicine and runs the Windsor Animal Hospital in Tanjung Tokong, 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.
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