BCHC Students Graduate

Last month, after long delays due to COVID-19 restrictions BCHC were pleased to welcome back several PhD and MRes students to celebrate their graduations. PhD graduates supervised by Karl Hoffmann: Dr Ben Hulme: The focus of his research project was “Schistosoma mansoni α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase (SmNAGAL) regulates coordinated parasite movement and egg production” Dr Alessandra Crusco: With…

BCHC members presented at British Society for Parasitology 60th Anniversary spring meeting

The University of York hosted the British Society for Parasitology spring meeting this March. This year we were able to meet in person and remotely to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the event. Keynote speakers included Amy Buck (University of Edinburgh) and Susan Wyllie (University of Dundee). Several BCHC members were involved in presentations and…

BCHC takes part in British Science Week

At the beginning of March, Aberystwyth University took part in British Science week, a UK wide initiative to celebrate science, technology engineering and maths. Over the course of 3 days pupils from local primary and secondary schools visited Penglais campus to engage in a range of lively science activities, games and quizzes. Undergraduate, Masters and…

Graduation season is here!

It’s graduation season in Aberystwyth and we are delighted to be able to congratulate all of our undergraduate students who graduated last week. In particular, congratulations to Will Aston and Sarah Davey who both graduate with first class Bachelor of Science degrees in Veterinary Biosciences. BCHC members Dr Iain Chalmers and Dr Russ Morphew co-supervised…

BCHC hosts 3 annual Drug-Discovery Symposium

In early June the BCHC hosted the third annual drug discovery mini symposium. Our colleagues Professor Andrew Westwell, Professor Andrea Brancale, Dr Salvatore Ferla, Dr Marcella Bassetto and Miss Alessandra Crusco from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Cardiff University and Dr Robert Nash from local biotechnology company Phytoquest again joined us to…

Aberystwyth University strengthens links with Dundee Drug Discovery Unit

At the end of January, members of the BCHC travelled to Dundee to meet with Ian Gilbert, Beatriz Baragana and their team at the Drug Discovery Unit at Dundee University. The one-day symposium brought together chemists and data-analysts from the Drug Discovery Unit at Dundee University with Parasitologists from Aberystwyth University. The aim of this…

BCHC student wins award for PhD presentation at the 5th Annual Scientific Drug Discovery Congress

Aberystwyth PhD student, David Cutress, has won one of two awards presented on the first day of the Annual Scientific Drug Discovery Congress held in Cardiff earlier this month. His talk, entitled ‘Towards validation of an immune suppressor protein from liver fluke as a drug target’, detailed the advances he has made to date in trying…

Aberystwyth University student scoops prize at BSP conference

Alessandra Crusco, a third year PhD student at IBERS Aberystwyth University, received one of the five poster awards at the British Society for Parasitology Annual Spring meeting this April. The completion was sponsored by BMC (Parasites and Vectors) and Elsevier. The competition was judged by BSP council members Dr Poppy Lamberton, Prof. Domenico Otranto, Dr…

Aberystwyth University hosts British Society for Parasitology Spring meeting

This April, Aberystwyth University hosted the British Society for Parasitology spring meeting. The meeting was last hosted by Aberystwyth over 30 years ago. 432 delegates travelled from as far away as New Zealand and Australia to present their work at this prestigious event. All 13 members of the Parasitology and Epidemiology Research Group here at…

Prof. Russell Stothard visits Aberystwyth

In February 2018, the BCHC were delighted to host a 1-day visit by Prof. Russell Stothard, Chair in Medical Parasitology at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Russell delivered a fascinating seminar on the control of helminthiases in Africa and drew attention to a link between schistosomiasis and the spread of HIV in Africa. Thank-you…