B L Penzhorn South Africa Topic: Teaching Veterinary Parasitology in South Africa – A Look at the Past, a Vision for the Future
After 8 years as researcher with South African National Parks, Banie Penzhorn joined the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, where he lectured on protozoal diseases. He retired in 2011 after a 31-year academic career, but is still a part-time senior research fellow at the Faculty and research associate at the National Zoological Gardens. He has published 150 research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has supervised 13 PhD and 29 MSc candidates. He serves as examination officer for the South African Veterinary Council and external examiner for the Namibian Veterinary Council.
Mark Fox United Kingdom Topic: Veterinary Parasitology Teaching at London – Meeting the Needs of Our New Graduates
Mark graduated from The Royal Veterinary College and spent a period in small animal practice before returning to study for a PhD, spending part of his time working in the Department of Dairy Science (University of Wisconsin). He has over thirty years' experience of teaching and research in the veterinary parasitology field and collaborated with colleagues in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and Australasia in addition to the UK. His research interests initially focused on the pathogenesis of gastro-intestinal nematode parasitism in ruminants though later broadened to include the epidemiology of parasite infections in both domestic and wild animals.
Xing-Quan Zhu China Topic: Veterinary parasitology teaching in China in the 21st Century: Challenges, opportunities and perspectives
Xing-Quan Zhu obtained his BVSc degree from the Sichuan Institute of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, MVSc degree from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China, and PhD in Parasitology from the Department of Veterinary Science, The University of Melbourne, Australia. His is Head and Professor at the Department of Parasitology, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China. His research interests have focused on the genetics, genomics and functional genomics of parasites. He is serving as a Subject Editor for the journal Parasites & Vectors, and on the editorial board for several international parasitology journals. He has published more than 300 papers in well-regarded international journals.
Peter-Henning Clausen Germany Topic: Established and novel approaches in veterinary parasitology education in Berlin
Peter-Henning Clausen is a Professor of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Freie Universitaet (FU) Berlin Germany, where he currently heads the tropical veterinary medicine unit. His broad experience in veterinary parasitology and preventive veterinary medicine is exemplified by over 35 years of work on a variety of emerging and vector borne diseases in different epidemiological settings in Europe and Africa. He presently scientifically co-ordinates various overseas development and research projects and has recently convened the first Joint AITVM-STVM international conference in Berlin. He continues to be involved in graduate student supervision and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Christina Strube Germany Topic: Simple, but not easy: Opportunities and Challenges from a Teacher's and Student's Perspective in 21st Century Veterinary Parasitology Teaching
Christina Strube, Dr. med. vet., PhD, graduated in veterinary medicine in 2000. She is full Professor of Veterinary Parasitology at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (Germany), teaching parasitology to veterinary as well as biology students. In addition, more than two dozens of PhD students were supervised by her. She was recipient of a PhD grant by the Karl-Enigk-Foundation and received three national awards in the field of veterinary medicine for her excellent research work. Her main research areas include zoonotic helminths, tick-borne diseases and epidemiology of parasitic infections in pets, livestock and wildlife.
Hubertus Hertzberg Switzerland Topic: Veterinary parasitology teaching: ten years of experience with the Vetsuisse-Curriculum
Hubertus Hertzberg is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His major research interests are the epidemiology and control of gastrointestinal helminths in ruminants and horses. His teaching responsibilities within the veterinary curriculum cover all aspects of pasture-borne parasitoses. Hubertus Hertzberg is also responsible for a regional parasite-monitoring program for horses, organized by a private clinic. The experiences from this program are of great value for practice-based teaching in equine parasitology.
Dwight D. Bowman
Dwight D. Bowman United States Topic: Unsticking from Time to Create a Parasitologic Amalgamation
Dr. Bowman joined the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in 1987, and is currently a Full Professor in Parasitology. He teaches courses in the veterinary, graduate, and undergraduate curricula of the University. His academic careers has included graduation with honors in Biology from Hiram, College in Hiram, OH, in 1974, MS and PHD degrees in parasitology from Tulane University in New Orleans, in 1976 and 1983, and a postdoctoral scientist/lecturer at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Wisconsin Madison from 1984-1987.
In 2008, he was awarded the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. In 2009, he was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State University of New York. In 2009, he was also awarded Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine's first Community Service Award, and a recipient in 2010 of the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Service-Learning. He is an honorary Diplomate in the Parasitology section of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. He is a past president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and was a founding member and past president of the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
Yannick Caron Belgium Topic: Overcome monotony thanks to diversity: for efficient and motivating veterinary parasitology practicals
Graduated as a vet in 2004 (Liège, Belgium), I've worked during twelve years in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Liège as an assistant in Veterinary Parasitology. As an assistant, I have had teaching and research activities in the field of Veterinary Parasitology. Since my teaching activities were important (300 hours / 500 students per year) I applied and passed a Master in University Pedagogy and Higher Education. The motivation of student during parasitology practicals was my main concern. The subject of my thesis was about the intermediate hosts (Lymnaeidae) of Fasciola hepatica in Belgium and in Ecuador. I've passed the examination of the European College of Veterinary Parasitology (EVPC) and this involved the publication of numerous clinical research papers on different veterinary parasites (Thelazia callipaeda, Parafilaria bovicola, Angiostrongylus vasorum and Besnoitia bennetti for example). I am a member of the Examinaition committee of the EVPC and this implies the set-up of examination for new residents each year. I am also involved in continuing education for veterinary practitioners and particularly on the parasitic control strategy in horse and cattle. Right now, I am working in Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) as a post-doc.
Stig Milan Thamsborg
Stig Milan Thamsborg Denmark Topic: Balancing active knowledge and basic principles in veterinary parasitology: competences for future Danish veterinary graduates
Stig Milan Thamsborg, email@example.com , 60 years old. DVM (Copenhagen) 1981, practitioner 1981-84, Ph.D. 1987, Research Professor (Organic Livestock Production) 1997-2002, Professor (Veterinary Parasitology) 2002-, Director of Danish Centre for Experimental Parasitology (DCEP) 2003-7, Veterinary Diplomate, European Veterinary Parasitology College 2003-, Head of WHO/FAO Collaborating Centres: Parasite Zoonoses & Helminth Epidemiology 2003-12, board member of WAAVP 2001-11, LOC for WAAVP conference, Copenhagen 1999, and co-founder of Parasite Technologies A/S producing parasite eggs for medical use 2004-15. Research focus: host-parasite interactions, epidemiology, alternative control of helminth infections in domestic animals. Currently head of Section for Parasitology and Aquatic Pathobiology, University of Copenhagen.
Domenico Otranto Denmark Topic: Parasitology Summer Course (ParSCo) in Southern Italy: a bench-to-field approach
Domenico Otranto BVetMed, PhD, DipEVPC is Professor in Veterinary Parasitology and Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari (Italy). He was recipient of the "Peter Nansen" International award of the WAAVP and of an International award of the "Lincei Academy". He is President of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC), Editor in Chief of Medical and Veterinary Entomology, advisor editor of Parasites and Vectors and member of the editorial board of several international journals. His research experience mostly focuses on dog and cat vector borne diseases of zoonotic concern. His scientific output to date consists of over 410 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, numerous book chapters and two books in the field.
Deborah van Doorn
Deborah van Doorn Netherlands Topic: Pitfalls and opportunities of teaching veterinary parasitology within an integrated curriculum
Deborah van Doorn graduated in 1998 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University; her interest was Large Animal Health. After her graduation she worked as a practitioner for two years. Her interest in teaching developed when she was working as a teacher at an agricultural school for 3 years. In 2003 she started working at the Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology as an University lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology. She finished her PhD on macrocyclic lactone resistance in cyathostomin species in horses within the division of Clinical Infectiology. Within her University job appointment she now also works, for half a day per week, at the Research and Development division of a commercial diagnostic laboratory called GD Animal Health. Additionally, for half a day every month, she is active at CBG-MEB as a member of the committee for registration of animal medicines in the Netherlands (CRD).
Abdul Jabbar Australia Topic: Veterinary Parasitology teaching in Australia: challenges and opportunities
Dr Abdul Jabbar is currently an Associate Professor in Veterinary Parasitology at The University of Melbourne, where he has worked since 2011. He holds a DVM (2001) and M.Sc. in Veterinary Parasitology (2003) from the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.
He got a Ph.D. from University of Melbourne 2010 on localization of the host-protective antigens in Taenia ovis. To date, Jabbar has published more than 115 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and five book chapters, and he has supervised a number of postgraduate students.
Abdul Jabbar has an impressive record within molecular and diagnostic parasitology and discovery of anthelmintic drugs by means of high-throughput screening.
Alexander Maier Australia Topic: "Now I feel like a true parasitologist" - Concept-based training for Early Career Scientists
Associate Professor Alexander Maier is a molecular parasitologist working on the mechanisms by which the malaria parasite causes disease. He is based at the Australian National University, Canberra. Alex Maier has developed and refined various tools for the genetic manipulation of the malaria parasite (gene tagging, modification and deletion) and the biochemical and cell biological analysis. In particular he is interested in the host cell manipulation of the malaria parasite, its sexual differentiation and lipid metabolism. Through the better understanding of the biology of the malaria parasite his group aims to identify new drug targets and intervention strategies. He is also passionate about the training of future researchers. Alex Maier teaching portfolio includes a second year Genetics course and the third year intensive course "Appreciating Parasites - from Molecules to Ecosystems". He is the convenor of the "Concepts in Parasitology" course - a two-week intensive training course for early career researchers under the auspices of the Australian Society for Parasitology.
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