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Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions
Gordon Research Conference

Eukaryotic Parasites: From Discovery Research to Clinical Interventions


June 10-15, 2018


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Margaret A. Phillips & Luisa M. Figueiredo

Vice Chairs:
Kirk W. Deitsch & Michael Barrett

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 13, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 2018 GRC on the Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions is focused on new molecular and translational advances in parasitic diseases. The conference will emphasize the fundamental biology of a wide range of human and veterinarian pathogens that cause malaria, toxoplasmosis, trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, amoebiasis and worm infections. The conference will cover a wide range of topics including global impact of parasitic pathogens on human health, genome and gene expression, pathogenesis and host cell remodeling, antigenic variation, metabolic vulnerabilities, parasite to parasite communication. The program will also include translational areas, such as drug development and challenges to effective treatment, drug resistance, immunity and vaccines.

The aim of the meeting is to bring together scientists from all over the globe to share and synthesize knowledge to improve the fundamental understanding of these parasites, but also to drive future control and elimination research agendas.

Two days prior to the GRC conference, there will be a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), which offers a unique opportunity to early career scientists and graduate students to lead amongst their peers and exchange ideas at the forefront of research in a serene but stimulating atmosphere at the Salve Regina University campus, Newport. Short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts reporting the latest ground-breaking findings. Students, post-docs and early career scientists are strongly encouraged to apply to the GRC and GRS. Special efforts are being made to raise funds to provide individuals from endemic countries with support.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Biology of Host-Parasite Interactions" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Global Impact of Parasitic Pathogens on Human Health
  • Genome and Genes, Expression and Regulation
  • Pathogenesis and Host Cell Remodeling
  • Antigenic Variation
  • Immunity and Vaccines
  • Metabolic Vulnerabilities and Impact on Life Cycle
  • Parasite to Parasite Communication
  • Drug Development
  • Challenges to Effective Therapy
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