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Schistosomiasis Life Cycle Course

October 18 @ 8:00 am - October 20 @ 5:00 pm

The Biomedical Research Institute offers a semiannual Schistosoma spp. Life Cycle Training Course that focuses on maintenance of Schistosoma spp. life cycles. Originally focusing on S. mansoni only, the course has recently expanded to include S. haematobium and S. japonicum. It is our hope that incorporating the S. haematobium and S. japonicum life cycles will encourage interest in maintaining these species in attendees’ laboratories.  The course is designed to acquaint investigators working in the field of schistosomiasis with basic techniques and strategies for maintaining the snail hosts and parasites in the laboratory. Among the topics covered are: protocols for establishing and maintaining the complete life cycle in the research laboratory; disease pathology; collection of adult worms and parasite eggs from tissues; exposure of snails to miracidia; collecting cercariae from patent snails; percutaneous exposure of mice and hamsters to cercariae; and an examination of all the intramolluscan life stages.  The 2 ½ day course also includes a seminar on the NIH-NIAID parasitology and grant programs by Glen McGugan, Ph.D.

We anticipate that attendees will come away with a greater appreciation of the basic biology of Schistosoma spp. parasites, greater confidence in maintaining the life cycles in their own labs  and familiarity with the NIH-NIAID Schistosomiasis Resource Center (SRC), which provides research reagents to laboratories free of charge.

The Schistosoma spp. Life Cycle Training Course is a great learning opportunity for researchers of all levels who work with schistosomes and related parasites.

Anyone interested in attending the Life Cycle Training Course can contact Dr. Margaret Mentink-Kane (mmentinkkane@afbr-bri.com) or Dr. Michael Hsieh (mhsieh@afbr-bri.com). There is no fee associated with the course but attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals.


October 18 @ 8:00 am
October 20 @ 5:00 pm