ApicoWplexa 2022
Bern, Switzerland

Conference dates:
Wednesday to Friday, 5.-7. October, 2022
Kongresszentrum und Hotel Kreuz
Zeughausgasse 41, 3011 Bern

Apicomplexan parasites are a diverse group of protozoan organisms, which have acquired a parasitic lifestyle and infect vertebrates and non-vertebrates. Among apicomplexans are numerous species that are responsible for a variety of serious diseases in humans, companion animals and/or farm animals, and they are thus of outstanding medical and socio-economic importance. Apicomplexan parasites play a major role in food security and food safety, both of which represent pressing issues in light of the fact that the human population on a global scale is steadily increasing, and people must have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food. Apicomplexan parasites are an important economic constraint to the food and agricultural industries and represent a threat for the continuous sustainability of food supplies worldwide.
The ApicoWplexa network has been founded in 2012. The first conference took place in Lisbon (2012), followed by meetings in Kusadasi (2013), Edinburgh (2015), Madrid (2017) and most recently in Berlin (2019). A series of virtual meetings took place in 2021/22.
ApicoWplexa 2022 in Bern will be an in-person meeting and will provide a forum for researchers, scientists, students, industrial and governmental partners with an inherent interest in apicomplexan parasites in livestock. The meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for networking and scientific exchange. It will cover parasites such as Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium, Eimeria, Neospora, Sarcocystis, Besnoitia, Babesia and others, all of which are responsible for important diseases that affect the health and productivity of cattle, pork, poultry, sheep, goats, as well as of companion animals, game and wild animals, and in some instances, also human health. Topics of this meeting will overreach the different areas of research on apicomplexan parasites in farm animals, from One-Health to molecular and cell biology, host-parasite interactions, immunology, diagnosis, epidemiology, drug development, and vaccines and control of infections with these parasites.

Further information on abstract submission and registration for ApicoWplexa 2022 in Bern will be made available in January 2022 under www.apicowplexa.net.
We hope to see you there!

Andrew Hemphill, University of Bern
Alexandre Leitao, University of Lisbon
Luis-Miguel Ortega-Mora, Complutense University Madrid