Training Courses

Schistosoma spp. Life Cycle Training Course
The next course is scheduled for October 18-20, 2017 (see “Events” page for updates)
BRI offers a semiannual training course that focuses on maintenance of Schistosoma spp. life cycles. Originally focusing on S. mansoni only, the course has recently expanded to incorporate aspects of all three major Schistosoma spp. life cycles.  It is our hope that incorporating the other two 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 these parasites in the laboratory. Among the topics covered are procedures for setting up and maintaining complete life cycles in the research laboratory, general disease aspects (epidemiology, treatment, control, etc.), disease pathology, collection of adult worms and eggs from tissues, exposure of snails to miracidia, shedding snails, exposure of mice and hamsters to cercariae, and an examination of all the intramolluscan life stages.  The three-day course also includes a lecture on NIH-NIAID parasitology and grant programs.

We anticipate that attendees will come away with a greater appreciation of the basic biology of Schistosoma spp. parasites, greater confidence in maintaining life cycles, and they will learn strategies for optimizing life cycles in their home laboratories.  Time will be available to ask questions about life cycle maintenance and other aspects of schistosomiasis research.

This 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.

 

Schistosomiasis Molecular Training Course

BRI started offering a new molecular schistosomiasis workshop starting in April 2014. This training course is designed to acquaint investigators working in the field of schistosomiasis with current molecular techniques used in schistosomiasis research and it offers directions into making one’s research more productive.

The course will focus on basic molecular techniques, concentrating on transfection techniques most useful for a schistosomiasis research laboratory.  Discussions will be held for expanding techniques to other schistosome-related projects as well. Hands-on exercises relating to some of these topics will also be presented such as transforming cercariae to schistosomules, siRNA synthesis and labeling, RNA extraction, and real-time PCR. The four-day course includes lectures from experts in the field of schistosome transfection, NIH-NIAID parasitology and grant programs, and information about obtaining parasite reagents from BEI Resources.

This is a great learning opportunity for researchers of all levels who work in the molecular biology of schistosomes and snails. Anyone interested in attending the Molecular Training Course can contact Dr. Michael Hsieh (mhsieh@afbr-bri.com) or Dr. Margaret Mentink-Kane (mmentinkkane@afbr-bri.com). There is no fee associated with the course but attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals.

The 2016 course was held in October at BRI. The topic, “Gene Editing of Adult Schistosome Parasites by CRISPR/cas” featured outside speakers including Paul Brindley (George Washington University), Sparky Loc (U Penn) and James Kehler (MTI-GlobalStem). Please click here for the 2016 course agenda.

2016 Course Participants

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