First Workshop on Parasitic Nematodes

First Workshop on Parasitic Nematodes

About the Workshop

The purpose of this first workshop on parasitic nematodes is to bring together experts from the C. elegans and parasite biology communities to foster interaction and cross-fertilization of ideas between researchers in these related fields. This workshop is the first of its kind in the region, and it presents 5 sessions on cutting-edge research on major topics, including: parasitic models, development, behavior, and host interactions, natural variation and genomics, chemical and functional genomics, new molecular genetic tools.

Helminth parasite infections are among the most common infections worldwide and affect the poorest and most deprived communities. The WHO estimates that they infect over 1.5 billion people (24% of the global population), causing diseases such as ascariasis, trichuriasis, filariasis (elephantiasis), and onchocerciasis (river blindness). Resistance to current drugs is increasing, yet this largely third-world problem is not a focus for major pharmaceutical companies. With advances in the fields of genomics, host-parasite molecular interactions, and high-throughput drug screening in model organisms such as C. elegans, research in these interdisciplinary areas is rapidly developing and becoming highly exciting.

Important Dates

Registration Period:
September 1 - December 15, 2017

Abstract Submission Deadline:
December 15, 2017

Travel Grant Application Deadline:
October 31, 2017

January 4 - 6, 2018


The workshop will begin on Thursday morning, January 4 at 8:30 am, followed by an evening Public Lecture at the NYUAD conference center (A6) by Dr. Tim Geary (McGill University) and a public reception. A poster session will be held on Friday, January 5 at 4:30pm, and the meeting will end after lunch on Saturday, January 6.


The new NYUAD campus on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi will welcome around 25 distinguished invited speakers to share their work in an informal setting. This is a rare opportunity to visit this unique part of the world and interact with researchers across these fields.

Find us!


Registration and poster submissions will close on December 15. For registration and other enquiries, or if you would like to be added to the workshop mailing list, please contact:

Registration Form

Travel Grants

NYUAD is thrilled to be able to offer a limited number of travel grants to interested and eligible scholars from Africa and Asia, covering the cost of round-trip flights and accommodation.

To apply for a travel grant, please complete the following form by October 31, 2017. For any questions, please contact:

Travel Grant Form

Thursday, January 4: Biological Systems

Mark Viney, University of Bristol, UK
Richard Davis, University of Colorado
John Hawdon, George Washington University
Ralf Sommer, Max Planck Institute Tübingen
Murray Selkirk, Imperial College London
Oliver Hobert, Columbia University / Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Junho Lee, Seoul National University
Frank Schroeder, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University
De’Broski Herbert, University of Pennsylvania
Public Lecture: Tim Geary, McGill University

Friday, January 5: Genomics and Therapeutics

Erik Andersen, Northwestern University
John Gilleard, University of Calgary
Makedonka Mitreva, Washington University
Warwick Grant, La Trobe University
Mark Blaxter, University of Edinburgh
Raffi Aroian, University of Massachusetts, Worcester
Hala Fahs, New York University Abu Dhabi
Mireille Kallassy, Saint Joseph University - Beirut
Andrew Fraser, University of Toronto
James McKerrow, University of California, San Diego
Poster Session

Saturday, January 6: Emerging Technologies

James Lok, University of Pennsylvania
Sara Lustigman, New York Blood Center
Doug Jasmer, Washington State University

Organizing Committee

Kris Gunsalus, NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi
Oliver Hobert, Columbia University
James Lok, University of Pennsylvania
Erik Andersen, Northwestern University
Hala Fahs, NYU Abu Dhabi