|FROM THE EDITOR
|Year : 2014 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 79
Report on EPU IV Conference 15-16 November 2014
Magda E Azab
President of EPU, Chairman EPU IV Conference
|Date of Web Publication||19-Jan-2015|
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Azab ME. Report on EPU IV Conference 15-16 November 2014. Parasitol United J 2014;7:79
Held at the Ministry of Population and Health National Training Institute (NTI)
Dear Colleagues and Friends
The various presentations and discussions in the 4 th EPU conference revealed that parasites are not just some neglected infectious organisms in developing and tropical areas. In fact, they are a tremendous and mysterious biological base for immunological, therapeutic and genetic researches leading us to probe and understand the immune system responses and give hope for the development of novel therapeutic approaches.
Feedback on Attendants
There were 276 attendants coming from the medical schools of 17 Universities of Cairo, Ain Shams, Al-Azhar, Alexandria, Tanta, Benha, Zagazig, Mansoura, Menofyia, Kafr El-Sheikh, Suez Canal, Beni Seuf, Fayoum, El-Minia, Assiut, Sohag, Qena; and from 4 faculties of Science from Cairo, Al-Azhar, Tanta, Mansoura. There was one attendant from the faculty of agriculture Cairo University and one from Veterinary Medicine Damanhour University. Also we had attendants from 6 institutes, from Cairo: TBRI & RIO; from Alexandria: Public Health and Medical Research Institutes; and from Liver Institutes of Cairo and Menofyia.
Feedback on Scientific Sessions
All in all we had 76 presentations: 10 lectures, 36 oral talks and 30 posters.
There were 6 sessions: 3 for Toxoplasmosis, Schistosomiasis & Enteric Protozoa; and 3 for Helminthes and other protozoa as Leishmania, Acanthamoeba, T. vaginalis.
The 10 lectures were 2 on Toxoplasmosis (J. Dupouy-Camet and K. M. Khalifa; 2 on Schistosomiasis (D. Rollinson) and Trichinosis (J. Dupouy-Camet); 3 molecular on Parasite Epigenetics (A. El-Badry), Genetic Markers (A. Abdel-Aal) and Heat Shock Proteins (S. Abaza); and 3 on general subjects as Laboratory Experiences (N. El-Dib) Hospital Infections (E. Abdel-Aziz), and Ultrastructure (M. Khater).
The 36 oral talks presented covered various aspects of Molecular Biology and Genetics (14); Treatment (8) [Stem Cells and Nano Particles]; Diagnosis (6); Prevalence (3); Immunology (3); Parasitic Infections in Fish (2); Ultrastructure (2).
Of special interest were the 30 posters that included various topics as Case Reports; Immunological Techniques; Diagnostic Techniques; Molecular Techniques; Ultrastructure and Treatment. The parasites involved were helminthes (F. gigantica, F. hepatogigantica, S. mansoni, S. haematobium, Pseudolelidapedon spp. from Red Sea fishes, cerebral Hydatid cyst, Filaria); protozoa (Acanthameba, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Toxoplasma, Leishmania), cerebral malaria; and scabies.The ultrastructure posters portrayed fine structure of Cyndiplostomum azimi (Trematoda: Digena) and Desportesius invaginatus (Nematoda: Acuaridae).
The prizes for the best oral talk and the best poster went respectively to:
T28: Iman Abdel Shafi from Cairo Medical School
'Molecular identification and phylogenetic analysis of Wucheraria bancrofti from human blood samples from Egypt.'
P32: Marwa Hassan from Cairo Medical School
'Molecular, seasonal, age and gender distribution of Cryptosporidium diarrheic Egyptian distinct endemicity.'
Besides the high qaulity of the diffrent scientific presentations, success of our conference is attributed to the never ending and motivated efforts of the organizing committee and the managerial staff; to our sponsors who never fail to extend their generous support, thus contributing by their presence to the success of the conference; and to Professor Shereen Abdelghaffar Director of the Ministry of Population and Health National Training Institute (NTI) and the management for hosting our conference.
Finally I thank our guests Professor Jean Dupouy-Camet and Professor David Rollinson for their valuable updates on toxoplasmosis and schistosomisis; and I thank all participants for sharing their researches and practical knowledge and hope that one and all benefited from the various experiences and reports and from meeting with each other.