Meeting | Schistosomiasis Research Innovation 2021

8-9 June 2021, 12:00-15:30 UTC
Virtual event

The Global Schistosomiasis Alliance is organising a free Schistosomiasis research-focused online meeting, highlighting some exciting research findings and research in progress from scientists across the globe.

On the first day participants will hear brief updates from the GSA working groups and work streams, and from innovative schistosomiasis research on tools for morbidity assessment, vaccine development in endemic countries, geostatistical models for informing survey designs, biocontrol tools, genomics and more.

The second day will be focused on early-career researchers and exciting research-in-progress with interactive networking opportunities for participants. Talks will include chlorination methods for schistosomiasis prevention, the impact of schistosomiasis treatment on vaccine responses, identifying UHC gaps, schistosome diagnostic developments and more.

Join us on the 8th & 9th of June to explore what's happing in schistosomiasis research.

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Meeting Agenda

Day 1 - 8 June 2021 12:00-15:30 UTC

*please note the meeting agenda is subject to change

 

 

Theme

Presenter(s)

12:00

Welcome, intro and house keeping

David Rollinson

Session 1 GSA working group and workstream brief updates

Moderator: David Rollinson and Anouk Gouvras

12:10-12:15

Research

Snails

Genital Schistosomiasis COP

Poppy Lamberton/Justin Nono Komguep

Nic Wheeler/Fiona Allan

Anouk

12:15-12:20

Monitoring and Evaluation

Fiona Fleming/Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuente

12:20-12:25

Engineering  

Mike Templeton

12:25-12:30

Behaviour Change and Health Education

Willemijn Zaadnoordijk

12:30-12:35

Implementation

Elimination

PZQ Coordination

Anna Phillips/Upendo Mwingira

12:35-12:40

Diagnostics

Bonnie Webster/Lisette van Lieshout

12:40-12:50

Discussion

 

12:50-13:05

Break

 

Session 2 Research Findings & Innovative Research

Moderator: Poppy Lamberton/Justin Komguep and Anouk Gouvras

13:05-13:20

Morbidity / Innovative Tool

Use of a Tablet-Based System to Perform Abdominal Ultrasounds in a Field Investigation of Schistosomiasis-Related Morbidity in Western Kenya

Maurice Odiere Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit, Centre for Global Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

13:20-13:35

Vaccines

Immunological Considerations for Schistosoma Vaccine Development: Transitioning to Endemic Settings

Emmanuella Driciru  Immunomodulation and Vaccines Programme, Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Uganda Research Unit, Entebbe, Uganda. 

13:35-13:50

Modelling

Using a geostatistical approach to determine spatial structure of S. mansoni following 5 rounds of preventive chemotherapy and informing an efficient survey design for national re-mapping and impact assessment

Markos Sleshi, Ethiopian public health institute (EPHI),  Federal Ministry ofHealth, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

13:50-14:05

Biocontrol

A rotifer-derived paralytic compound prevents transmission of schistosomiasis to a mammalian host

Phil Newmark, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Morgridge Institute for Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

14:05-14:15

Break

 

14:15-14:30

Genomes/Genomics  

Population genomic analyses of schistosome parasites highlight critical challenges facing endgame elimination efforts

Jonathan Shortt, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics / Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA

14:30-14:45

Snails & modelling:

Modelling the present and future distribution of Biomphalaria species along the watershed of the Middle Paranapanema region, São Paulo, Brazil

Roseli Tuan, Molecular biology of vectors and parasites, Superintendência de Controle de Endemias- SUCEN, Secretaria of Health São Paulo, Brazil

14:45-15:00

Human Immunology  

Schistosoma haematobium infection is associated with alterations in energy and purine-related metabolism in preschool-aged children

Derick Osakunor, Childrens Research Institute, Childrens National Medical Center, Washington DC, USA

15:00-15:15

Risk mapping/Surveillance Tool

Potential impact of flooding on schistosomiasis in Poyang Lake regions based on multi-source remote sensing images

Jing-Bo Xue, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases, Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Tropical Diseases Research, China

15:15-15:20

Closing remarks

 

Day 2 - 9 June 2021 12:00-15:30 UTC

*please note the meeting agenda is subject to change

 

Theme

Presenter(s)

12:00-12:10

Welcome, intro and house keeping

David Rollinson

Session 4 Early Career Research

Moderator: Poppy Lamberton/Justin Komguep and Anouk Gouvras

12:10-12:25

Immunity & vaccines: Effect of intensive treatment for schistosomiasis on vaccine responses among rural Ugandan adolescents: trial protocol, updates.

Gyaviira Nkurunungi, MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit, Entebbe, Uganda

12:25-12:40

Water: Chlorination of Schistosoma mansoni cercariae

Laura Braun, Imperial College London, UK

12:40-12:55

Diagnostics: Towards accurate schistosomiasis serology using a glycan microarray approach.

Dr. Anna Kildemoes, Department of Parasitology, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Netherlands 

12:55-13:10

Social Science and equity: Achieving equity in UHC interventions: who is left behind by neglected tropical disease programmes in Cameroon?

Christine Masong, Department of Social Sciences and Management, Catholic University of Central Africa, Yaoundé, Cameroon

13:10 – 13:20

Break

 

Session 5 Developing careers in schistosomiasis research – Networking session

13:20 -13:25

Effectiveness of ultraviolet disinfection as a water treatment to inactivate cercariae

Lucinda Hazell, Imperial College London, UK

TBC

14:15-15:00

Networking Opportunities on AirMeet including research-themed networking rooms for the early-career rapid-fire presenters to discuss their research and opportunities for socialising in “Social Rooms”

Research. GSA