Last week, Chenhua Li and I, representing the Wasmuth lab, had the pleasure to travel to St. John’s, NB, to attend the 57th Annual meeting of the Canadian Society of Zoologists (CSZ). The CSZ has four main sections: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology (CBP); Parasitology, Immunology and Environment (PIE); Comparative Morphology and Development (CMD); and Integrative Ecology and Evolution (IEE). HPI was well represented in the PIE section, with trainees presenting talks and a poster on their research happening in Alberta. James Wasmuth chaired the first PIE session and also talked about the research happening in his lab. Chenhua talked in the first PIE session about her research on Dicrocoelium and Sarah Unrau (Goater lab) added to the Dicrocoelium knowledge with her talk in the second PIE session the same day. Cam Goater talked in and chaired this session, where Micky Ahn (Goater lab) gave a great talk on trematode-host interactions. HPI was represented in the poster section by me and my poster on trematode microbiomes.
John Gilleard received the R.A. Wardle award and presented on the work his lab is doing on drug resistance in parasitic nematodes. HPI also won the CSZ 2018 award for public education, for our efforts in outreach to high school students and the general public.
The rest of the conference was a lot of fun and very educational. Since this meeting has a very broad scope, we were able to attend lectures by other amazing scientists on diverse topics. My favorite was the talk by Dr. Laura Ferguson on her research into how temperature can affect the microbiome of insects.
We also had the opportunity to do some sight seeing around St. John’s, and it was beautiful (if not a bit windy). We walked up Signal Hill to Cabot Tower and visited the Johnson Geo Center, where we learned a lot about the Titanic and different rock formations unique to Newfoundland and Labrador. And the day before we left I had a day to look around some of the local shops and talk to people in the city.
We are looking forward to next year’s meeting, which will take place in Windsor, ON. James is the new vice-chair for the PIE section and Chenhua is the new student representative.