A two-week course at ANU’s Kioloa campus offering students a unique opportunity to work with prominent Australian parasitologists and learn state-of-the-art research techniques

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2016 Course

Dates: The next course will take place between Sunday 27th November and Saturday 10th December 2016. Download the course flyer.

Apply: Download the course application form. The deadline for applications to attend the course is Friday 27th July 2016 (please note extended deadline).

Course fee: AUD $1,500 for Members of the Australian Society for Parasitology, which includes accommodation, meals and transport to and from the Kioloa Coastal Campus from the ANU. Participants must organise and cover the cost of travel from their home to Canberra and back. Members not in an Australian or New Zealand institution must have been ASP members for > 6 months before the application deadline to qualify for the discount. Full Course fee: A$2,500

Course Convenor: Associate Professor Alex Maier (ANU); Email alex.maier@anu.edu.au; telephone 02-6125 0832.

What is the course about?

The following themes will be explored through lectures, tutorials and practicals during the course:

  • Evolution of Parasites
  • Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms
  • Drug Discovery
  • Parasites and the Immune System
  • Immuno-diagnostics of Parasitic Infections
  • Bioinformatics of parasite genomes
  • Epidemiology
  • Veterinary and Wildlife Parasitology
  • Vector borne Diseases

The course will explore the diversity of parasitic life-styles, answering questions such as:

  • What does it take to be a parasite?
  • What are the costs and benefits of parasitism?
  • What host defences have developed?
  • What mechanisms have evolved to find vectors and hosts efficiently?
  • What is the advantage of having multiple hosts?
  • What specific characteristics must an anti-parasitic drug have?
  • What are the chances of developing vaccines against parasitic diseases?
  • What will the future of parasitology look like?

Our expert faculty will include:

      • Rob Adlard (Queensland Museum)
      • Glen Anderson (Virbac Australia)
      • Vicky Avery (Griffith University)
      • Nigel Beebe (University of Queensland)
      • Ian Beveridge (The University of Melbourne)
      • Brian Cooke (Monash University)
      • Tom Cribb (University of Queensland)
      • Caitlin Curtis (Griffith University)
      • Christian Doerig (Monash University)
      • Giel van Dooren (Australian National University)
      • Paul Giacomin (James Cook University)
      • Stephanie Godfrey (Murdoch University)
      • David Jenkins (Charles Sturt University)
      • Aaron Jex (The University of Melbourne)
      • Amy Jones (Griffith University)
      • Malcolm Jones (University of Queensland)
      • Martine Keenan (Epichem)
      • Steve Lee (Australian National University)
      • Alan Lymbery (Murdoch University)
      • Alexander Maier (Australian National University)
      • Andrew Maynard (University of Queensland)
      • Geoff McFadden (The University of Melbourne)
      • Adam O’Donoghue (The University of Queensland)
      • Peter O’Donoghue (The University of Queensland)
      • Stuart Ralph (The University of Melbourne)
      • Louise Randall (University of Melbourne)
      • Melanie Rug (The Australian National University)
      • Una Ryan (Murdoch University)
      • Kevin Saliba (Australian National University)
      • Todd Shelper (Griffith University)
      • Melissa Sykes (Griffith University)
      • Chris Tonkin (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)

Review of the 2014 Course

In 2014, the ASP ran, for the first time, a two-week parasitology course offering students a unique opportunity to work with prominent Australian parasitologists and learn state-of-the-art cell-biology, immunological, imaging, biochemical, bioinformatic and genetic techniques for parasitology research. The objective of the course was to provide a comparative overview of the most important topics in parasitology, equipping early career researchers with the conceptual framework, technological know-how and skills to meet the challenges of the future. Building on the strength of the Australian parasitological community, world-experts across a wide range of disciplines shared their knowledge and insights with sixteen participants. We would like to acknowledge our sponsors for their support and vital contributions.

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