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

2018 Course

Dates: The next course will take place between Sunday 25th November and Saturday 8th December 2018.

Apply: Download the course application form. The extended deadline for applications to attend the course is 10th August 2018.

Course fee: AUD $1,500 plus GST 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. Applicants must be ASP members at the time of application deadline to qualify for the discount. Full Course fee: AUD $2,500 plus GST.

Course Convenors: Associate Professor Stuart Ralph (Uni Melb) Email saralph@unimelb.edu.au Telephone +61 3 8344 2284 and Associate Professor Alex Maier (ANU) Email alex.maier@anu.edu.au

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
  • Glenn Anderson,  Consultant
  • Nigel Beebe,  University of Queensland
  • Ian Beveridge,  University of Melbourne
  • Brian Cooke,  Monash University
  • Susan de Burgh,  Bayer Australia
  • Christian Doerig,  Monash University
  • Robin Gasser,  University of Melbourne
  • Paul Giacomin, James Cook University
  • Warwick Grant,  La Trobe University
  • Julie Healer, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research
  • Kate Jarman, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research
  • David Jenkins,  Charles Sturt University
  • Aaron Jex,  University of Melbourne/Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
  • Geoff McFadden,  University of Melbourne
  • Alex Maier,  Australian National University
  • Terry Miller, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Peter O’Donoghue,  University of Queensland
  • Adam O’Donoghue,  University of Queensland
  • Ryan O’Handley,  University of Adelaide
  • Michelle Power,  Macquarie University
  • Stuart Ralph,  University of Melbourne
  • Louise Randall,  University of Melbourne
  • Melanie Rug,  Australian National University
  • Una Ryan, Murdoch University
  • Kevin Saliba,  Australian National University
  • Robyn Slattery,  Monash University
  • Brad Sleebs, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research
  • Giel van Dooren,  Australian National University

History of the CiP 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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