8-11 October 2013 : International Leptospirosis Conference 08-11 Oct, 2013, Fukuoka, Japan
The ILS biennial meeting is the main international meeting where leptospirosis research groups meet to present their research, discuss issues and build collaborative links. The conference was attended by 252 delegates from 30 countries, with 67 oral 82 poster presentations on topics ranging through Plenary paper on the discovery of leptospires, pathogenesis, clinical aspects in humans and animals, molecular microbiology, epidemiology in humans, environmental risk factors, epidemiology of veterinary leptospirosis, diagnostics and new innovations, immunology and vaccines and leptospiral motility.
With seven of us attending, our Massey group was one of the largest contingents at the meeting. Our six oral and one poster presentation showcased the breadth and the integrated approach of the research programme we undertake as well as the interdisciplinary nature of the work we do. Our two PhD candidates that attended, Juan Sanhueza and Emilie Vallee, both successfully competed for student travel awards funded by the US National Institute of Health (NIH); the criterion being based on the quality of their abstracts. The group took the opportunity to renew acquaintances with colleagues in Ireland, Australia and USA and to establish additional links with groups in Thailand, Chile and The Netherlands. Cord Heuer was also successful in being elected onto the ILS committee for the next two year term which is a wonderful opportunity to raise Massey’s presence on the international leptospirosis scene. The titles of the group’s orals, poster and the presenter for each are as given below.
Oral Presentations :
Juan Sanhueza : Occupational exposure and risk factors for Leptospira in New Zealand workers
Cord Heuer : The public health impact of leptospirosis in New Zealand
Emilie Vallee: Subclinical effects of Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Hardjo on New Zealand sheep production
Jackie Benschop: Fit for purpose: testing for leptospirosis in humans and animals
Julie Collins-Emerson: Utility of diagnostic tests for research and diagnosis of Leptospirosis
Peter Wilson: Does long-term vaccination eliminate leptospiral shedding? A study of New Zealand dairy cattle herds
Alison L. Harland: A survey of leptospiral antibodies and urinary shedding of leptospires in farm working dogs in the south island of New Zealand