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Message from President

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Domenico Otranto (President) – Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”

Giada Annoscia, Claudia Cafarchia, Bronwyn Evelyn Campbell, Cinzia Cantacessi, Maria Alfonsa Cavalera, Vito Colella, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Annunziata Giangaspero, Alessio Giannelli, Roberta Iatta, Davide Immediato, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Riccardo Paolo Lia, Viviana Domenica Tarallo


Organizing committee, moderators of symposia and scientific sessions


Mario Pietrobelli (President) – Università degli Studi di Padova
Simone Cacciò – Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Stefano D’Amelio – Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
David Di Cave – Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”
Annunziata Giangaspero – Università degli Studi di Foggia
Domenico Otranto – Università degli Studi di Bari “Aldo Moro”
Giovanni Poglayen – Università degli Studi di Bologna

Antonio Frangipane di Regalbono – Università degli Studi di Padova


EARLY BIRD (until to 30th April)

ON or AFTER 30th April


€ 270,00 + VAT (€  329,40) € 350,00 + VAT (€ 427,00)


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€ 200,00 + VAT (€ 244,00) € 250,00 + VAT (€ 305,00)


€ 100,00 + VAT (€ 122,00)  € 150,00 + VAT (€ 183,00)

EVPC MEMBERS (24th June)*

€ 100,00 + VAT (€ 122,00) € 100,00 + VAT (€ 122,00)


€ 150,00 + VAT (€ 183,00) € 150,00 + VAT (€ 183,00)

EXHIBITORS (24th June)***

€ 150,00 + VAT (€ 183,00) € 150,00 + VAT (€ 183,00)

GALA DINNER (23rd June)

€ 49,00 + VAT (€ 53,90) € 49,00 + VAT (€ 53,90)

The Registration fee includes: attendance to all scientific sessions, conference kit, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners, certificate of attendance and a copy of the proceedings.

*The Registration fee for EVPC Members attending only the 24th June,  includes: participation to EVPC General Meeting, gala dinner 23rd June, coffee break and light lunch 24th June, and a certificate of attendance.

**The Registration fee for Accompanying Persons includes: coffee breaks, lunches and dinners (welcome cocktail and parasEATaly).

***The Registration fee for Exhibitors includes: welcome cocktail, coffee breaks, lunches and access to the exhibition area.



Abstract submission opens: 11th December 2015
Abstract submission closes: 25st  March 2016
Notification of abstract acceptance: 15th April 2016

Registration opens: 11th December 2015
Early bird registration closes: 30th April 2016



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SoIPa Award for Young Researchers

The Italian Society of Parasitology (SoIPa) will assign 10 awards to young researchers who are SoIPa members in good standing (timely in their payment of dues). Each award will cover the awardee’s registration fees (social dinner included) for the SoIPa XXIX Congress in Bari – June 21 – 24, 2016.

The awards will be given to the 10 best Oral Communications in which an eligible young researcher is first author.

SoIPa awards are intended for young SoIPa members without a permanent contract (students, interns, graduate students, research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, scholarship holders, etc.) who are not older than 35.


Art. 1. The purpose of the award is to foster broader participation of young scientists in the conference and to reward quality research.

Art. 2. SoIPa awards are intended for young SoIPa members without a permanent contract (students, interns, graduate students, research fellows, postdoctoral fellows, scholarship holders, etc.) who are not older than 35 at the time of the call for abstracts.

Art. 3. Awards are assigned based on the final decision of a five-member commission comprising:

  • • the  SoIPa President, or the person appointed as his/her proxy-holder, acting as chairperson of the Commission,
  • • a member of the SoIPa Steering Committee,
  • • a SoIPa member appointed by the Steering Committee,
  • • the chair of the Organizing Committee of the XXIX National  SoIPa Congress;
  • • a member of the Scientific Council of the XXIX National SoIPa Congress.

The SoIPa secretary shall also take part in the Commission’s work in his/her capacity as minute taker.

Art. 4. The awards will be given to the 10 best Oral Communications in which an eligible young researcher is first author.

Art. 5. Winners shall be notified upon completion of the Commission’s work.

Art. 6. The SoIPa Steering Committee many make amendments to these Bylaws.

Applications must be submitted to the Secretary of the Italian Society of Parasitology ( together with the paper to be presented no later than 18 March 2016.

Materials to be submitted with the application:

  • • a self-certification  stating the candidate’s qualification,
  • • the manuscript of the Communication the candidate intends to present;
  • • a brief curriculum vitae.


SoIPa for Human Development

“Capacity strengthening to contrast poverty related parasitic diseases in low income countries”

The world-wide economic crisis and the unstable political situations, often accompanied by true wars, are worsening the life conditions of several least developed countries in Africa and in the Middle East. Already existing between-and within-countries health inequities and inequalities are exacerbated, causing upsurges of preventable illnesses in the poorest strata of the populations, with parasitic diseases ranking very high. An alarming vicious circle is therefore triggered, as the increased prevalence of parasites, like Plasmodium, the agent of malaria, is both an effect of adverse socio-economic conditions and, in turn, a cause of poverty and underdevelopment.

In this scenario, doctoral training is an important element to widen the pool of qualified human resources and strengthen research leadership in low income countries. Parasitologists have important roles to play. As experts in the field, they are called to monitor parasites’ diffusion, measure their impact on human and animal health and develop new control tools. As responsible members of their society and of the scientific global community, they are called to assist policy makers insertingcontrol strategies within a socio-economic framework, guaranteeing sustainability and contributing to the overall human development.

To express this commitment, SOIPA supports the participation of 4 doctoral candidates from the Centre National de Recherche et Formation sur le Paludisme, Burkina Faso, and offers them the opportunity to present their research in the session scheduled for the June 23 (04.30 p.m. – 05.30 p.m.)

The young African researchers are inserted in a malaria research training programme conducted by National research institutions, in collaboration with the Italian Malaria Network. The programme receives support from the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MAECI).

EVPC Residents Forum

Four EVPC residents will have the opportunity to present their papers at the EVPC & SoIPa joint session on June 24.

The purpose of the Residents Forum is to give an opportunity to EVPC residents to present themselves and some of their work (cases or research) to diplomates on Friday 24th June, from 12.30 to 13.30. Only four residents will have the chance to speak. Residents that presented in a previous edition cannot be selected for a second time.

Abstracts should be submitted to and

Deadline for submission is 30th April.

The Meeting Organisers will support the four selected residents by paying their fee for the June 24 conference day. Registration fee for EVPC Members attending only on 24th June includes: participation in the EVPC General Meeting, gala dinner on 23nd June, coffee break and light lunch on 24th June and an attendance certificate.

Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2016

The winners for the Odile Bain Memorial Prize 2016 will be made at the European Veterinary Parasitology College meeting to be held in Bari (Italy) on 24th June 2016

The “Odile Bain Memorial Prize” (OBMP) will be awarded annually by Parasites & Vectors in association with Merial, to perpetuate the memory of Odile Bain (28/04/1939 – 16/10/2012).

This award has been established for Odile’s outstanding contribution to medical and veterinary parasitology, her actions in encouraging productive collaborations among biologists, veterinarians, physicians, and fundamental and applied parasitologists worldwide. This award also honours her support to young parasitologists and enthusiasm for parasitology.

Evaluation committee:
Chair Domenico Otranto                                                         Three independent parasitologists
Chris Arme and Aneta Kostadinova – Parasites & Vectors      Fred Beugnet as a representative of Merial

Two awards will be made and each winner will receive:

  • A cash prize of 1500 Euros;
  • A waiver of the charges for publication of one article in Parasites & Vectors, which may be claimed at any time within the two years following acceptance of the award;
  • registration fee to attend one of the meetings were the winner will be awarded.


The nomination criteria are on the website




Marco Albonico

General Practitioner in Turin, Italy, since 1990. Technical adviser for the Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization since 1996, and member of Expert Panel on General Parasitology for WHO, Geneva. Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, since 2000. Lecturer of Parasitology at the Faculty of Science, University of Turin since 2008. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Ivo de Carneri Foundation, Milan, Italy, since 1996. Expertise in epidemiology and control of helminthic infections such as intestinal helminthiasis, schistosomiasis and filariasis. Extensive work experience on neglected tropical diseases both in the public health setting and in the parasitological domain. Experience in managing public health laboratories and health staff in developing countries, as well as advising Ministries of Health in control strategies for controlling helminthic infections. Principal investigator in numerous randomised trials on parasite epidemiology and anthelminthic drug efficacy. Lecturer in several international training courses on the above-mentioned subjects and organiser of international training courses and scientific events. Author of more than 100 scientific publications on peer review journals, and of book chapters and reviews. Awarded the Woodruff Medal from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2001. He holds a Medical Doctor degree with Specialization in Infectious Diseases from the University of Turin, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the University of Liverpool, and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Federica Berrilli

Federica Berrilli, Rome, December 11th, 1961
1987 - Degree in Natural Sciences at the University of Rome La Sapienza. 1998 - PhD in “Epizootiology, epidemiology and chemoterapy of parasitic diseases”.
2008 - Researcher in Parasitology (SSD VET/06), University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.
2012 - Degree in Ecologia ed Evoluzione (Classe LM-6-Biologia) at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
2013 - Achievement of the Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale (2012 session) for the Scientific Area 07/H3 - II Fascia.
The results of the scientific activity have lead to the production of 34 papers on international and national journals and 120 communications to Scientific Congress. She deposited 219 nucleotide sequences in GenBank.
Main research lines:
Since 1998 she focuses her interest in DNA techniques (PCR and related techniques), applied in the parasitological field, for molecular diagnosis, analysis of sequence data, analysis of genetic data (nucleotide diversity, gene flow, genetic inheritance, phylogeny), analysis of ecological data (species richness, diversity and evenness indices, cumulative curves), analysis of epidemiological data (prevalence, incidence, morbidity, mortality) and clinical diagnosis of parasites of human and veterinary importance (stool and blood examination).
Main research lines:
Genetic characterization of zoonotic parasites: Studies on the genetic variability and characterization of human and zoonotic parasite species.
Molecular diagnosis of human parasites (e.g. Acanthamoeba, Pneumocystis, Giardia, Entamoeba) at the Laboratory of Parasitology of the Microbiology and Virology Unit, Policlinico Tor Vergata (PTV). Studies on the parasite communities of fish species: The composition and structure of parasite communities of fish species have been used to develop a reliable model for habitat monitoring and to detect a decline in the biodiversity due to man-made adverse effects.
Parasitological survey on reared fish species and on edible molluscs: Studies on parasites and parasitic diseases of major impact on cultured fish species and molluscs, for the control and safety of products for human consumption.
Teaching Activities in:
Tecniche Diagnostiche di Laboratorio Biomedico and Tecniche di Dietistica (CI Coordinator) at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. Scienze Biologiche L-13 DM 270 at the Faculty of Science of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She is part of the Academic Board of the PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of the School of Specialization in Microbiology and Virology, University of Rome Tor Vergata.


Emanuele Brianti

Prof. Emanuele Brianti, PhD, Dip. EVPC
Primary research areas of Emanuele Brianti are epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases in animals with a particular focus on those underestimated or emerging and of zoonotic concern. In this field he has carried research projects on the control ectoparasites in animals and in the prevention of some vector-borne diseases such as leishmaniosis. He has conducted studies on not very well known filarioid species of animals and investigated the role of ixodid ticks as vectors of these nematodes. Part of his research activity has been also dedicated to the study of feline lungworms. Thank to his research new species of metastrongyloid lungworms have been re-discovered as agents of disease in both domestic and wild cats.  He has been titular of research grants from public and private institutions for studies on surveillance and control of parasites of zoonotic concern, and for field studies for the evaluation of veterinary products against helminth and arthropod infections in animals.

Bottazzi Maria Elena

Maria Elena Bottazzi, PhD is the Associate Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She also directs the Research and Administration of the Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine. She is the Deputy Director for the Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, which is Sabin Vaccine Institute’s Product Development Partnership (PDP). Dr. Bottazzi is an internationally-recognized scientist with more than 13 years of experience in translational research and vaccine development for neglected tropical diseases. In addition, her major interest is in the role of vaccines as control tools integrated into international public health programs and initiatives.
Dr. Bottazzi is the Editor in Chief of Current Tropical Medicine Reports, Springer, US and an Associate Editor for Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Disease Journal. She is the author or co-author of more than 80 scientific and technical papers in molecular, cellular biology, immunoparasitology, and vaccine development and is the recipient of multiple extramural awards. Dr. Bottazzi is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Carlos Slim Health Institute in Mexico and a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Product Development (CMC) Working Group. Dr. Bottazzi is a Fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. She is also one of the Executive Co-directors advancing the efforts of the Global Chagas Disease Coalition.
She is a native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras where she obtained her degree in Microbiology and Clinical Chemistry in 1989, followed by her PhD in Molecular Immunology and Experimental Pathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL in 1995. Her post-doctoral training in Cellular Biology was completed during 1995-2001 at University of Miami and University of Pennsylvania. Her academic tenure initiated in 2001 at the George Washington University in Washington DC where she served for 11 years ultimately becoming an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair for Administration in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine.

Luciano Canfora

Luciano Canfora (1942) is Emeritus Professor at the University of Bari. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Italian Encyclopaedia, and executive and scientific Editor of "Journal of Classical Tradition" (Boston), “Dialogues d’histoire ancienne” (Besançon), “Atene e Roma” (Florence), "Historia y Critica" (Santiago de Compostela), "Les Études Classiques" (Namur), "Anabases" (Toulouse), "Filosofia dei Diritti Umani/Philosophy of Human Rights", "Limes" (Rome), "Lexicon Philosophicum" (CNR Rome), “Todomodo” (Florence).
He is the Editor-in-Chief and coordinator of the journal “Quaderni di Storia” and of the book series La città antica" (Sellerio, Palermo), "Paradosis" (Dedalo, Bari), "Ekdosis" (ed. Pagina, Bari), “Agones” (Antenore, Padua), “Historos” (Sandro Teti, Rome). He actively collaborates with the highly regarded national newspaper “Corriere della Sera”.
Luciano Canfora’s interests involve ancient history, papyrology, Greek and Latin literature, history of traditions, history of classical studies, politics and culture from the Reformation period to the European 1900s.
The latest publications in Italy include: Cesare, il dittatore democratico (Laterza), Noi e gli Antichi (Rizzoli), Critica della retorica democratica (Laterza), Il copista come autore (Sellerio), Storici e storia (Aragno), Democrazia. Storia di una ideologia (Laterza), Il papiro di Dongo (Adelphi), Esportare la libertà (Mondadori), La prima marcia su Roma (Laterza), Filologia e libertà (Mondadori), La storia falsa (Rizzoli), La natura del potere (Laterza), Il viaggio di Artemidoro (Rizzoli), L'uso politico dei paradigmi storici (Laterza), La meravigliosa storia del falso Artemidoro (Sellerio), Il mondo di Atene (Laterza), Gramsci in carcere e il fascismo (Salerno editrice), “È l’Europa che ce lo chiede!” FALSO! (Laterza), Spie URSS antifascismo. Gramsci 1926-1937 (Salerno ed.), Intervista sul potere (Laterza), La trappola. Il vero volto del maggioritario (Sellerio), La guerra civile ateniese (Rizzoli), La crisi dell’utopia. Aristofane contro Platone (Laterza), Augusto figlio di Dio (Laterza), Gli occhi di Cesare. La biblioteca latina di Dante (Salerno ed.).  His books have also been translated in several languages.


Cinzia Cantacessi

Cinzia Cantacessi (BVSc, DVM, PhD, MRCVS) completed her DVM in 2006 at the University of Bari under the guidance of Professor Domenico Otranto and her PhD in 2011 under the supervision of Professor Robin Gasser at The University of Melbourne (Australia). She was subsequently awarded a Peter Doherty Early Career Research Fellowship to continue her research in the laboratory of Professor Alex Loukas at James Cook University (Australia). In 2013, she took up the role of Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology at the Department of Veterinary Medicine of University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and established her own laboratory. Her research focuses mainly on studies of host-parasite interactions using cutting edge-molecular tools. Throughout her career, she authored or co-authored >80 articles in high-ranking, peer-reviewed international scientific journals and her research has been recognised through numerous awards and prizes. Cinzia currently acts as an Associate Editor for PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases and as a Specialist Editor for International Journal for Parasitology

Filipe Dantas Torres

Filipe Dantas-Torres is a Researcher at the Aggeu Magalhães Research Center (Fiocruz-PE, Brazil). He is a veterinarian (MV) with a Master of Sciences (MSc) and a Doctor of Sciences (DSc) from the Aggeu Magalhães Research Institute. He also holds a Dottorato di Ricerca (PhD) from University of Bari, Italy. In 2010, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES) and nominated Expert in Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases by the University of Bari. In 2013, he received the tittle of Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Parasitology (Dipl. EVPC) and the Peter Nansen Young Scientist Award 2013 from the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP). Dr. Dantas-Torres is the author or co-author of over 300 publications, including >200 articles in refereed journals and 11 book chapters. He is currently Associate Editor of Parasites & Vectors. His research interests are in vector-borne diseases. In particular, he has conducted studies on diagnosis, epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases, including leishmaniasis, dirofilariosis, and babesiosis. He has extensively studied many aspects related to the brown dog tick (Rhipicephalus sanguineus).

Claudio De Liberato

Dal 2001 è all’Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Regioni Lazio e Toscana. Responsabile delle Prove del Laboratorio di Parassitologia e Sorveglianza Entomologica, è coinvolto in attività di ricerca (parassitologia ed entomologia), monitoraggio (entomologia) e diagnostica routinaria (parassitologia).
Ha esperienza sulla tassonomia dei principali gruppi di artropodi d’interesse sanitario: zanzare (Culicidae), Culicoides spp., Leptoconops spp, pappataci (Phlebotomus spp.), zecche (Argasidae and Ixodidae), tafani (Tabanidae), etc.
Esperto nelle principali tecniche per la diagnosi parassitologica: preparato a fresco, flottazione, sedimentazione, sedimentazione formolo-acetica, esame quantitativo delle feci con vetrino di McMaster, ricerca strongili broncopolmonari con apparato di Baerman, immunofluorescenza per la ricerca di Giardia e Cryptosporidium, digestione di tessuti muscolari per la ricerca di forme larvali di Trichinella e Opisthorchis, ecc.
E’ attualmente Work Package leader nel progetto di ricerca finanziato dall’Unione Europea: “Vector competence of European mosquitoes to Rift Valley fever virus”, (EMIDA ERA-NET). 
E’ coautore di 89 lavori tra pubblicazioni su riviste nazionali ed internazionali e poster e comunicazioni a congressi nazionali ed internazionali.
E’ referee di riviste scientifiche internazionali (Vaccine, Journal of Veterinary Science, Journal of Applied Ecology, Memorias do Istituto Orwaldo Cruz, Parasites & Vectors).

Peter Deplazes

Peter Deplazes is full Professor and Director of the Institute of Parasitology of the Vetsuisse‐ and Medical Faculty, University of Zurich (Switzerland). He graduated from the University of Zurich in 1984 where he also performed his doctoral thesis. From 1988 to 1990 he was an assistant and 1992 he became head of the laboratory for Zoonoses at the Institute of Parasitology, University of Zurich. In 1991, he was a guest scientist at the Institute for Molecular Genetics and Animal Disease, School of Veterinary Studies, Murdoch (Western Australia). His main research focuses on the biology, epidemiology, diagnosis and control of zoonotic parasites, such as Cryptosporidium, Echinococcus, and Toxocara, and on opportunistic parasites in immune‐deficient patients. He is a founding member of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC) and of ESCCAP and he is member of several professional organizations as well as several advisory boards of a number of foundations aiming to improve veterinary parasitology. He is co‐author of more than 200 peer‐reviewed papers and was invited speaker at many conferences and symposiums.


Claudio Genchi

Claudio Genchi was full Professor of Parasitic Diseases at the University of Milano until November 2014. He was Founding Member and Past-President of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC), President of the Italian Society of Parasitology (SoIPa) and one of the directors of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasite (ESCCAP). He is Honorary Member of American Heartworm Society (AHS), Chairperson of several international conferences, including WAAVP 2001, Co-Editor in Chief of Veterinary Parasitology since 2007 and member of the Editorial Board of Small Ruminant Research and Geospatial Health. Primary research areas were the molecular approach to the biology, genetics, immunology and pathogenesis of parasitic diseases, including vector-borne infections (filarial and tick-borne diseases) and experimental chemiotherapy and control of endo - and ectoparasites. He is co-author of over 200 papers published in international, peer-reviewed journals, and chapters in international scientific books, most of which deal with filarial infections (Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens) in dogs and cats, and in human beings. He was leader of one of the research teams involved in the study of Wolbachia, the bacterial endosymbiont of filarial nematodes. His team first identified these bacteria by molecular studies in D.  immitis in 1995.


Rick Maizels

Professor of Parasitology, University of Glasgow
Degrees and Honours
BSc (Hons) 2 (i) Zoology, University College London, August 1973
PhD, Immunology, National Institute for Medical Research, October 1976
Pfizer Academic Award in Animal Health Research, 1987
Wolfson Research Award, 1988
Wright Medal of the British Society for Parasitology, 1998
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2002
Eurolife Medal, 2014
Academic Appointments
1976 - 1977         Research Fellow in Genetics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
1977 - 1979         Postdoctoral Fellow, Microbiology, University of California at Los Angeles
1979 - 1983         Scientific Staff, National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London
1983 - 1988         Lecturer, Biology, Imperial College London
1988 - 1990         Senior Lecturer, Biology, Imperial College London
1990 - 1993         Reader in Parasite Immunology, Biology, Imperial College London
1990 - 1993         Deputy Director, Wellcome Research Centre for Parasitic Infections
1993 - 1995         Professor of Parasite Immunology, Biology, Imperial College London
1993 - 1995         Director, Wellcome Research Centre for Parasitic Infections
1995 - 2015         Professor of Zoology, University of Edinburgh 
1997 - 1999         Head of Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology. Edinburgh
2004 - 2008         Head of Institute, Institute of Immunology and Infection Research
2008 - 2011         Director, Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, University of Edinburgh
2011 - 2015         Director, Edinburgh Infectious Diseases
2016-               Professor of Parasitology, University of Glsgow

Guadalupe Mirò

Guadalupe Miró qualified from the Madrid Veterinary College where she completed her PhD thesis. She has held a permanent position as Senior Lecturer/Assistant Professor equivalent in Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases at the Animal Health Department (Universidad Complutense of Madrid).
Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC).
Director of the diagnosis laboratory of pet parasites (PPL) at the UCM.
Currently in charge of the Consultant of Infectious diseases at the Veterinary teaching Hospital of the Madrid Veterinary College with special focus on infectious diseases of small animals.
Her areas of research specialisation are shelter medicine involving the epidemiology and control of zoonotic diseases, mainly canine and feline vector borne diseases, intestinal parasitoses and soil contamination in urban and rural areas.
She is member of the Spanish Society of Parasitology (SOCEPA) and of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP) and founding member of ESCCAP (Spain representative) and LeishVet group (President).
She is also member of the main Spanish Associations of Veterinary Practitioners’ (AMVAC and AVEPA).
Her scientific output consists of numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, and some books in the field.

Ivan Scandale

Current position: Program Manager Helminths portfolio at DNDi (Drug for Neglected Diseases initiative)
Building a portfolio of preclinical and clinical candidates for treatment of helminthic infections
Discovery projects
Building of a consortium of partners for in vitro and in vivo evaluation of repurposing libraries of compounds against filarial diseases, Schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminths (Swiss TPH, Hospital University Bonn, NPIMR)
Elaboration of a screening cascade and a drug discovery manual
Engage and partner with pharmaceutical companies to access libraries of compounds(AbbVie, GSK, Merck, Merck Serono, Novartis, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Bayer)
Establishment of pharmacokinetic / pharmacodynamics relationship
Preclinical project
Collaboration with external partners for development of formulations
Management of Contracted Research Organization (CRO) for determination of the safety profile of preclinical candidates
Writing IMPD (Investigational Medicinal Product Dossier) and Investigator Brochure
Project management
Follow-up on deliverables and milestones, budget planning, contract negotiation, writing of funding applications and reporting

Antonio Varcasia

Graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Antonio Varcasia completed his education with a PhD in production and safety of food of animal origin and a Specialization School in Animal health, breedings and zootechnic productions. Since 2009 he’s full time researcher at the Department of Veterinary Medicine of Sassari University, for the Area 07 (Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary) and for the scientific sector VET/06 "Parasitology and parasitic diseases of animals". Since 2012 is a diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminants Health Management (ECSHRM) of EVBS.
He's also member of the WAAVP (World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology) of the Italian Society of Hydatidology and Italian Society of Parasitology (Soipa).
Research activity of Antonio Varcasia is focused in diagnosis, epidemiology and molecular parasitology of Parasitic Zoonosis (Cystic Echinococcosis, Coenurosis, Toxoplasmosis), in parasitic diseases of small ruminants and pet animals (Bronco-pulmonary nematodes, Filariosis, Leishmaniosis) [Orcid ID: ].
He has worked in/with several institutions in Italy (University of Sassari, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Sardegna, Regional Government of Sardinia, ASL, National Reference Centre for Echinococcosis-hydatidosis, Istituto Zootecnico Caseario per la Sardegna -  AGRIS Sardegna) and also in other countries (Instituto National Tecnologico (INATEC) and Ministry of Work, Government of Nicaragua, Central America), Unam Mexico, Melbourne University, Australia and the Veterinary Faculty of Panama.

Joanne P. Webster

After gaining a double First class B.Sc. Honours in Biology and Psychology, Joanne’s D.Phil at the University of Oxford examined the epidemiology of zoonotic disease, including developing a novel line of research focusing on the impact of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii on host behaviour and its association with chronic disease. After a year working as a clinical scientist at the CDSC, she returned to Oxford as a postdoctoral fellow, EPA Cephalosporin JRF, Lecturer in Infectious Diseases and finally as a Royal Society University Research Fellow (URF). During this period she expanded the scope of her work to encompass global health and tropical field research and disease control across much of Africa and Asia.
In 2003 Joanne accepted a Readership at Imperial College Faculty of Medicine and was promoted to a personal tenured Chair in Parasitic Diseases in 2006. The key motivation for this move was the unique opportunity to be co-Director of the then newly formed Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).  In this role she has been responsible from the outset for the design, monitoring and evaluation of large-scale sustainable neglected tropical disease (NTD) control programmes across sub-Saharan Africa.  In October 2014 she accepted a Chair in Parasitic Diseases at the Royal Veterinary College where she is now predominantly based, although she maintains her position at Imperial. 
Her research activities have been awarded a number of high profile prizes and medals (e.g. The Chalmers Memorial Medal from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene ‘to recognise outstanding contribution to Tropical Medicine’ in 2013; The Elsevier citation prize 2009; Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2008; NC3Rs prize 2007; CA Wright Medal for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Parasitology’ 2005).
She has been awarded several fellowships (e.g. FSB, FLS, IASF, URF, JRF), serves on several International public health boards/expert working groups including that for the WHO, and is an editor on a number of leading academic primary journals. 
She has produced over 135 peer reviewed publications in international journals across a broad range of empirical research topics such as that of the coevolution between host resistance and parasite infectivity/virulence, the impact of parasites on host behaviour, in combination and complementary to those focusing on more global health aspects.


Instructions for Authors

  1. Abstract must be written in English, font Times New Roman, 12 pts, according to the following format: title (bold and capital letters), name and surname (bold), affiliations (italics) with e-mail address of the corresponding author, and the body of text a maximum 300 words, Microsoft Word document (save this file in .doc or docx format);
  2. It is a condition of acceptance that at least one of the authors must register to attend the Conference and present the work. Each registered author can submit up to two abstracts;
  3. The abstract must include a concise statement of the research problem, specific objectives, methodology/procedures applied whilst conducting the research, results, and a concluding statement;
  4. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee;
  5. The titles of accepted contributions, form of presentation (oral/poster), and appropriate section, will be posted on the Congress website (;

Oral presentations

15 minute oral presentations in themed sessions. This includes 10 minutes for oral communications + 3 minutes for discussion + 2 minutes for change over. Oral communications will typically present complete research, of significant interest, in 8-10 slides. The chairs of sessions will ensure that speakers keep to the time allocated.

Short presentations

10 minute short presentations in themed sessions. This includes 5 minutes for oral communications + 3 minutes for discussion + 2 minutes for change over. Short communications must be presented in 5 slides. Short research, however, must have produced definitive results. The chairs of sessions will ensure that speakers keep to the time allocated.

In preparing your oral/short presentation please remember to:

  • Use clear and comprehensible language (discussion in Italian, slides in English)
  • Create relevant graphs, photos, tables using standard software
  • Save slide data on a USB flash memory stick (please note the use of own laptop is not allowed)

Presentation transfer: Please bring your USB stick to the IT helpdesk of the Congress room at least 3 hours prior to the beginning of the relevant session. A technician will upload your slide presentation and return your flash drive. All presentations will be permanently deleted after each talk.


Authors are responsible for printing their posters in the required format.

Posters must be written in English, printed in A0 format (Size: 70×100 cm) and portrait in orientation. If figures are included, these should be clearly labelled and legible.

Please check with the onsite Secretariat Registration desk when you pick up your registration materials. They will direct you to the poster area for your session. Posters will be displayed in groups by Session. Your poster session and number can be found by checking the Author index. Authors may display their posters in the morning of the corresponding session, but must collect it at the end of the same day. You can pick up the supplies you need (pins, sticky tape, etc.) from the Registration desk, who will be happy to provide assistance if needed.

We strongly suggest that authors stand by their posters to discuss their work and answer questions during breaks on the day of their session.

Printing and transport of posters must be arranged by the authors.


Should you have any questions please contact the Conference Secretariat:
Angela –




University of Bari: Palazzo Ateneo, Piazza Umberto I, Bari
Palace Hotel: Via F. Lombardi, 13, Bari


Italian and English are the official languages of the Congress

Name Badges

For security purposes, and to facilitate collaboration, delegates, speakers, sponsors, accompanying persons and exhibitors are asked to wear their name badge to all sessions.
If you misplace your name badge, please enquire at the Registration desk to organize a replacement.

Special Dietary Requirements

If you have advised the Congress Secretariat of special dietary requirements, please speak to a member of the catering staff at catered events to receive your special meal.


EVPC & SOIPA for an ethical and sustainable future

For ethical reasons the organizers opted for a MEAT FREE menu for lunches and dinners (with the exception for the ParasEATaly). The congress is also under the auspices of the “food for good” initiative borne to reduce the food waste during the events, through the donation to charity organizations.


Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be given at the end of the Congress. Please ask at the Registration desk.


The Congress Committee reserves the right to change the scientific programme at any time without notice.

Registration desk

The Registration desk is located next to the Main Hall in the Palace Hotel.

It will be open at the following times:
Tuesday, 21st June 2016         15.00 – 17.30
Wednesday, 22nd June 2016    08.00 – 19.30
Thursday, 23rd June 2016        08.00 – 18.30
Friday, 24th June 2016             08.00 – 13.00


Participants requiring a visa to travel to Italy are kindly requested to apply before leaving their Country. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa.

Please note that obtaining a visa can take from two to six weeks from the date of application.

Currency, credit cards and banking information

The official currency is Euro. Normal banking hours are from 09.00 am to 4.00 pm on weekdays. ATMs are available throughout the city. Most hotels and shops accept all major credit cards, as well as cash.


The climate of Bari is typical Mediterranean, and June is generally sunny.
The average maximum temperature in June is 20-25°C


The nearest airport to the symposium venue is Karol Wojtyla – Bari-Palese International Airport.
Once you get to the airport, connections to Bari are provided by a fast and cheap train service, bus or taxi.

For the train timetable click here.
The train ticket can be bought on-line here or at the ticket machines located at the train station entrance inside the airport.
Please note that tickets are one-way only and must be used on the issue date.
On-line tickets are only issued in PDF format file.

For the bus timetable click here.

For the taxi rate and numbers click here.
There are fixed rates to and from Bari Airport (including extra charges).

Bari main railway station is Bari Centrale, connected to all major cities in Italy by Eurostar train service.
For more information about the train timetables and tickets, please refer to Trenitalia web site.

Bari can be easily reached by car travelling on the A14 highway (Autostrada Adriatica).


Meeting Planner has selected different hotels and B&B of various categories
If you want to make your hotel reservation with us please refer to the hotels and B&B listed below
In the following list, distances are computed from the hotel/B&B to the meeting venue


Hotel Category Single Dus

double for single use

Double Distance
Hotel Palace **** € 122,00 € 132,00 € 164,00 Venue
Grande Albergo delle Nazioni ***** € 170,00 € 200,00 1.29 km
Hotel Excelsior **** € 114,00 € 154,00 1.13 km
Hotel Oriente ****L € 165,00 725 mt
The Nicolaus Hotel **** € 124,00 € 144,00 3.20 km
Hotel Adria ***S € 93,00 € 114,00 € 123,00 1.08 km
BW Hotel Executive *** € 114,00 € 136,00 220 mt
Hotel Boston *** € 90,00 € 103,00 € 128,00 130 mt

B&B – Room availability and price upon request

B&B Address Distance
Abbazia degli Svevi Strada Dietro S. Vito, 23 750 mt
B&B La Uascezze Vico Sant’Agostino 2-3 900 mt
Casa Dei Venti Via Dante 182 500 mt
Dolci Emozioni Corso Cavour, 160 1.4 km
Dolci Notti Via Abate Gimma, 59 550 mt
Dolci Risvegli Via De Nicolò, 7 1.2 km
La Corte del Borgo Antico Vico I San Francesco della Scarpa, 12 850 mt
La Maison Del Borgo Antico Corte Del Dattilo 6 600 mt
Zodiacus Residence Via Roberto da Bari, 101 650 mt

Room rates are per night and include breakfast and VAT.
A non-refundable booking fee of € 18.00 will be required at the time of booking.
Each participant will receive a confirmation only upon receipt of payment of the whole stay and booking fee.







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