Parasites in the spotlight August 15, 2013 Some of the world's leading researchers will head to Perth next month to discuss the different ways parasites affect people and pets. Murdoch University, in partnership with the Australian Society for Parasitology Inc., will hold a free public event designed to bust some of the myths surrounding parasites. "Parasites affect so many different facets of our lives, yet the general public doesn’t know a lot about them," said Professor Andrew Thompson, Chair in Parasitology at Murdoch University. "We're often asked whether parasites burrow through the skin, whether they can help people lose weight, or whether they can be transmitted from pets to humans. "If you've ever suffered a dreaded case of 'Bali Belly' or 'traveller's diarrhoea', chances are, you've come into contact with a parasite." Professor Thompson, along with three other leading experts, will lead an interactive hour-long discussion at the Perth Convention Exhibition Centre on Sunday 25 August, between 5pm and 6pm. Children can interact with cuddly animals and participate in supervised science activities during the main event. Register for this free event at http://petparasites.eventbrite.com.au. This Inspiring Australia initiative is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education in partnership with the Australian Society for Parasitology Inc., and Murdoch University. The following day marks the start of the 24th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology (WAAVP). The Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, will officially open the conference on Monday 26 August at 8.30am. "We are honoured the Premier could join us in welcoming some of the world’s most prominent parasitologists," Professor Thompson said. "There is a lot of exciting research being undertaken, both here and abroad, which has the potential to help manage and prevent serious illnesses caused by parasites." For more information, or to download a conference program, visit http://www.waavp2013perth.com Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Events, Future Students, International students, Research, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: andrew thompson, australian society of parasitology conference, colin barnett, murdoch university, parasites, world association for the advancement for veterinary parasitology Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!