Some of the world’s leading experts and researchers in the area of one health and parasitology are to gather at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) as it hosts the British Society of Parasitology (BSP) autumn symposium on September 14 and 15.

Ascaris nematode parasite on a petri dish

This year’s theme is “One Health: Parasites and Beyond“. Scientists from some of Europe’s most prestigious universities and scientific institutions will look at the relationship between parasites and animal and human health.

The event will explore how an interdisciplinary approach can improve control of parasitic diseases of humans and animals.

The RVC is holding the event in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London International Development Centre. Their scientists and researchers will be joined by academic colleagues from Europe and Africa.

RVC principal Stuart Reid will open the event while president of the International Association of Ecology and Health Jakob Zinsstag will deliver the keynote address on the meaning of one health and its implication for parasitology.
Other sessions will look at a range of issues from the study of ancient parasites in humans to the economic and social processes that influence the spread and emergence of disease.

Senior lecturer in molecular parasitology at the RVC and one health researcher Damer Blake said: “Human and animal health are inextricably linked as they have socioeconomic interactions through direct physical contact, the food chain and the environment. This means the well-being of all species can only be protected and advanced by bettering and focusing collaboration between medical doctors, veterinarians and other scientific health professionals.”

The full programme is at

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