Second International Workshop on Microsporidia from Vertebrate and Invertebrate H

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Microsporidia are emerging pathogens that are seen in both immunocompromized and[unreadable]
immune competent hosts. They are important pathogens in the setting of HIV infection[unreadable]
and are also pathogens in agriculture and aquaculture. Due to their ability to be[unreadable]
transmitted by food and water they are on the class B bioterrorism list. The Second[unreadable]
International Congress on Microsporidosis will be held June 24 -26th Institute of[unreadable]
Cytology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia. This congress will[unreadable]
bring together the diverse research community that works on the Microsporidia[unreadable]
including: physicians, molecular biologists, cell biologists, and parasitologists who work[unreadable]
on insects, fish or humans. Research groups from Europe, Russia, Asia, Africa, Canada,[unreadable]
and the USA have all agreed to participate. We expect this congress will result in[unreadable]
beneficial discussions on the problems involving molecular biology approaches to[unreadable]
identification of Microsporidia. In addition, the impact of sequence analysis of different[unreadable]
microsporidian species on theories of early eukaryotic evolution, the place of the phylum[unreadable]
Microsporidia in the macrosystem of Eukaryotes, as well as phylogenetic interactions[unreadable]
between Microsporidian genera, and comparative genome studies, will be discussed. A[unreadable]
comparison of host parasite interactions in invertebrate and vertebrate hosts should be[unreadable]
helpful in elucidating pathogenic mechanisms of these organisms. The utility of different[unreadable]
therapeutic and control strategies as well as new therapeutic agents will be presented. As[unreadable]
more data on biochemistry and physiology of Microsporidia are accumulated, the rapid[unreadable]
dissemination of this information will be important in advancing research on these[unreadable]
pathogens. Exchanging information on in vivo and in vitro models being utilized in[unreadable]
studies on microsporidians, discussions on their advantages and disadvantages is[unreadable]
anticipated to be of practical interest for many participants. Overall, the goal of this[unreadable]
congress is to foster the exchange of information between these diverse groups of[unreadable]
scientists leading to advances in research on these emergent pathogens.
Effective start/end date7/24/077/26/07


  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Microbiology


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