Danish Society for Parasitology
DSP serves as a network for professionals and students involved with parasitology in Denmark and covers research, education, as well as control and management of parasitic diseases. The society organizes a national symposium annually with ~80 delegates.
DSP looks more forward than backward and is proud to present a number of outstanding research groups and individual scientists among the 70 members. DSP spans a wide expertise within the expanding fields of parasitology in the 21st century.
Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology (SBSP)
SBSP is an active international society that encourages and promotes parasitology in the Nordic and the Baltic countries. SBSP was founded in 2003 by fusion of Scandinavian Society for Parasitology (est. 1967 in Denmark) and Baltic Society for Parasitology (est. 1993) and has more than 130 members. The society organizes an international congress every second year, and hosted a wonderful EMOP XII in 2016.
The logo of SBSP illustrates the old Norse belief of the framework of the universe, the Yggdrasil tree. The parasites in the tree are an important part of the world, and may refer to the Midgaard Serpent, Jörmungandr. The story about the serpent is a worm-problem in mythological context that took great effort to control, not unlike some parasitic problems of our world today.
Organizing Committee (OC)
The OC has optimal composition for the task, covering different institutions
from various fields of parasitology, genders, and experience levels.
MSc 2005, PhD 2009, Professor (University of Aarhus) 2016. 69 international peer-reviewed publications, h-index 18. President of DSP and member of the board since 2009. Work has focused on molecular parasitology exploring transmission routes, evolutionary relationship of parasites, immunity/immunomodulation and mechanisms behind host-parasite interaction.
DVM 2004, PhD 2013, Adjunct Professor (zoonotic parasitology, University of Helsinki) 2016. 40 international peer-reviewed publications, h-index 9. President of SBSP since June 2017, board member since 2011. Vice chair of Finnish Epidemiology Society since 2015, board member since 2013. Board member of Nordic Society for Veterinary Epidemiology since 2015. Research focus: zoonotic parasites. Experienced in organizing international events (e.g. EMOP XII, courses). Has supervised 9 MSc-level theses; currently supervising 4 PhD and 4 MSc students. Polyglot, active in science communication.
Jakob Skov (not in the photo)
MSc 2007, PhD 2012, PostDoc (University of Copenhagen) 2012. 17 publications, h-index 7. Organizer of the 8th ECTMIH & 5th CSBSP. President of SBSP 2015-2017. Research focus on fish-borne trematode and nematode larvae of medical importance as well as immunostimulants (e.g. prebiotics and vaccines) as strategies for control or prevention of disease.
Birgitte J Vennervald
MD in 1983, MSA (master in anthropology of health) in 2007. Professor at University of Copenhagen. More than 120 publications. Research focus on human schistosomiasis; merging applied research of direct relevance to control of infection and disease in human populations with basic research, aiming at increased knowledge about host-parasite relationships, infection dynamics, and host immune responses associated with development of pathology. Former president of DSP (1989-95), now member of the Board of DSP and Danish Society for Tropical Medicine.
Andrew Richard Williams
BSc 2006, PhD 2010, Assistant Professor (University of Copenhagen) 2015. 39 Publications (>700 citations). SBSP board member 2017-. Research focus on host-parasite interactions of helminth and protozoan infections with particular focus on immunology, vaccine development, novel anti-parasitic compounds and interactions between infection and host diet and metabolic function.
MSc 1987, PhD 1991, DMSc (dr.med.) 1995, Professor (University of Copenhagen) 2006. Fellow of the Am Soc Trop Med Hyg 2013. Editorial Board Member on journals like Infect Immun, PLoS Med, Trends Parasitol. 161 international peer-reviewed publications, h-index 51. Work has focused on pathogenesis and naturally acquired immunity to Plasmodium falciparum malaria, and evasion of immune responses by malaria parasites, as well as on training of early-stage researchers and on capacity building.
Professor, M.Sc., Ph.D., D.V.Sc. Leader of the Research School and network of researchers SCOFDA 2001-2012; Leader of the Research Network Fishnet 2003-2004; Leader of the Danish Fish Immunology Research Centre and Network DAFINET 2009-2016. More than 220 papers in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, h-index 35. Five books and six chapters in books. More than 550 popular scientific articles. Supervisor of 5 ongoing and 20 finished Ph.D. students. 42 M.Sc. and B.Sc. students supervised since 1999. Research topics include fish parasitology, fish immunology, fish pathology, pathogen/host interactions, and disease control.
BVSc (Hons) 2007, MSc (Parasitology) 2014, PhD student (University of Copenhagen). 3 publications. PhD research on epidemiology, diagnostics, and control of Fasciola hepatica in cattle.
Christen Rune Stensvold
MSc 2004, PhD 2008, Senior Scientist 2012; Marie Curie Career Integration Grant trainee 2012–2016; over 110 publications (>50% international collaboration); h-index 29. Fritz Kauffmann Prize 2013 for contributions to Clinical Microbiology in Denmark. Networks include ECDC-EUPHEM, COST: CYSTINET and EURO-FBP. Organizer of 1st International Blastocystis Conference in Ankara, Turkey (2015). Communication of science to a broad audience (exemplified by www.blastocystis.net [upstart 2012] visited over 700,000 times).
Brian Lund Fredensborg
MSc 2001, PhD 2005, Associate Professor (University of Copenhagen) 2012. 32 Publications (h-index 15). Research focus on host-parasite population and evolutionary ecology using insect-helminth laboratory models and field studies.
Stig Milan Thamsborg
DVM 1981, Ph.D. 1987, Research Professor (Organic Livestock Production) 1997-2002, Professor (Veterinary Parasitology) 2002-, Director of Danish Centre for Experimental Parasitology (DCEP) 2003-7, Veterinary Diplomate, European Veterinary Parasitology College 2003-, Head of WHO/FAO Collaborating Centres: Parasite Zoonoses & Helminth Epidemiology 2003-12, board member of World Association for Adv. Veterinary Parasitology 2001-11, LOC for WAAVP conference, Copenhagen 1999, and co-founder and board member of Parasite Technologies A/S producing parasite eggs for medical use 2004-15. Research focus: host-parasite interactions, epidemiology, pathogenicity, and control of parasite infections in domestic animals, with emphasis on gastrointestinal helminths. Supervisor of 28 Ph.d. students, >40 M.Sc. students, and 8 postdocs. 190 papers, 1(2) patent applications. Currently head of Section for Parasitology and Aquatic Diseases, University of Copenhagen.
Annette Olsen (not in the photo)
Msc 1985, PhD 1999, Associate Professor at University of Copenhagen. Diploma in Journalism and Dissemination. Research areas are aspects of the epidemiology and control of human schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis. More than 90 publications. Participated in the bid for ICOPA XIII and was in the local organizing committee of the 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health in Copenhagen, September 2013.
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