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Parsco VIII

Dear Colleagues, 

We are pleased to announce the 8th edition of the Parasitology Summer Course (VIII ParSCo) organized by the Parasitology Unit of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bari (Italy) and the Parasitology Unit of the Department of Veterinary Sciences, University of Messina (Italy) with the support of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP), the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) and of Parasites & Vectors. 

 

We would be pleased if you would promote the new round of the ParSCo (see attached pdf) on your website and by sending to all the affiliated societies of parasitology the attached program.


The ParSCo is an intense, one-week long course for parasitologists and post-graduate students working in the field of veterinary parasitology. This course is mostly focused on practical activities, with theoretical lectures making for less than 40% of the whole program. The program includes oral lectures and practical activities on collection, identification and diagnosis of parasites such as Leishmania infantum, sand flies, ticks, small ruminant cestodes and lungworms of felids. Participants will also attend clinical examinations of cattle and other domestic animals and sample collection from dogs for the diagnosis of arthropod-borne diseases.

This year, for the first time, the course will take place in the wonderful frame of the Aeolian archipelago. This magnificent archipelago is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea in the northern cost of Sicily and was named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus. The archipelago is composed by seven islands of volcanic origin, two of these islands (i.e., Vulcano and Stromboli) are indeed still active volcanos. The Aeolian islands listed by UNESCO from 2000 as a World Heritage Site, is characterized by Mediterranean climate: winter is mild and relatively rainy, while summer is hot and sunny, a bit sultry but tempered by the breeze. The landscape of the Aeolians is typical of the Mediterranean area and includes about 900 plant species, with the predominance of the herbaceous plants. The islands are also home to unique animal species and the ecosystem surrounded by the sea make this area fairly suitable for the development of an incredible range of parasites. A considerable diversity of parasites, inhabiting different microenvironments, can be found in Lipari, Vulcano, Salina and Stromboli. This area has received significant attention from researchers, not only for its outstanding species richness, but also because it represents an ideal model for the study of parasites and parasitic diseases.

We thank Elanco, Boehringer Ingelheim, for their financial support and SOIPA, EVPC and WAAVP for their endorsment.

We look forward to meeting you for an enjoyable VIII ParSCo meeting and sharing with you our experience in the field of parasitology!

Domenico Otranto
Filipe Dantas-Torres
Emanuele Brianti
 

Scientific Organizers of the VIII ParSCo

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