Bonjour Montreal – CDDW 2016

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Thank NSERC CREATE HPI I had the opportunity to attend, for the third time, the Canadian Digestive Disease Week (CDDW) 2016. This year, the Annual Scientific meeting organized by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) and the Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver (CASL) was held in Montreal. The conference joins clinical and basic science research in the same venue, being a unique opportunity to translate bench to bedside to bench.

As I am a regular attendee of CDDW, every year I look forward the conference. This because I can meet other regular attendees and appreciate their evolution on their projects and discuss with them the advances in my projects. Parasite in a hot subject in the conference, as new experimental treatments have emerged. To treat malign parasite infections that affects the gastrointestinal tract, but also and more interesting to me, the understanding of the mechanisms whereby parasite infections regulate the immune system and how to use those mechanisms to treat immune/inflammation driven diseases.

I presented data from a project that I have been developing with a former HPI trainee, Dr. Jose Reyes (who is a freshly recruited professor in the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)) in the laboratory of Dr. Derek McKay. In this project we show how immune mediators can regulate other immune mediators and the such relevance on worm therapy to treat a model of Crohn’s Disease. The input that I received from attendees in the conference were fundamental to the progress in the project, which we hope to publish the manuscript this year.

Au revoir et je l’espère vous voir à la prochaine CDDW!

Fernando Lopes – Postdoc Fellow – Dr. McKay Lab – HPI

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