The International Conference on Ulcer Research – Ottawa 2015

The 15th International Conference on Ulcer Research was held from October 1-4, 2015 in Ottawa. I, amongst other University of Calgary HPI members was honored to participate in this meeting. This was a large scientific meeting in which I presented my research via a poster presentation. In the Buret lab, our research involves investigating mechanisms on how Giardia’s immune-modulating effects may reduce inflammation during co-infections with bacterial enteropathogens.

Attending this international forum was very useful for my professional development and important for my academic career. The conference program offered a wide variety of science sessions, encompassing both novel clinical and basic science platforms.

From the NSERC CREATE Host-Parasite Interactions (HPI) group, Dr. Andre G. Buret spoke about the role of gut microbiota biofilm dysbiosis (as a result of enteropathogens interference) in intestinal inflammation. His brilliant talk impressed a lot of participants and was actively discussed afterwards. Also from HPI, Dr. Derek McKay showed data from his lab about the suppression of colitis by the tapeworm Hymenolepis diminuta.

Other University of Calgary speakers included Dr. Wally MacNaughton who presented data that highlighted the role of PAR2 receptors activation in epithelial wound healing within the gut. A very informative speech was given by Dr. Paul Beck, where he revealed the effect of Clostridum difficile on the development of colitis, how to prevent and reduce Clostridium difficile injury with the help of diet host microbiota. Other talks I enjoyed were by Dr. Nathalie Vergnolle from France, Dr. Koji Takeuchi from Japan and Dr. Christian Jobin from the USA.

Overall, throughout this meeting, participants were exposed to sessions addressing clinical and basic science topics, active discussions as well as countless opportunities for networking.

I would like to thank NSERC CREATE HPI for providing some of the funding that allowed me to attend this meeting.

Anna Manko,
Postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Andre G. Buret lab

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