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[Schistosoma] MEEGID IX University of California at Irvine, 30th October-1st November 2008

tibayren via schisto%40net.bio.net (by Michel.Tibayrenc from ird.fr)
Thu Jul 3 11:55:36 EST 2008

MEEGID IX University of California at Irvine, 30th October-1st November 2008


It is our pleasure to announce officially that 
the 9th International Meeting "Molecular 
Epidemiology and Evolutionary Genetics of 
Infectious Diseases" (MEEGID IX), will be held at 
UC Irvine, California.

MEEGID IX will be co-organized by the University 
of California at Irvine (http://www.uci.edu/) and 
the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement 
(IRD; http://www.ird.fr/) in France. Principal 
organizers are Francisco J. Ayala (Dept Ecology 
and Evolution, UC Irvine) and Michel Tibayrenc 

Communications on genetics, genomics, proteomics, 
phylogenetics, population biology, mathematical 
modeling, and bioinformatics are welcome. They 
can report on the host, the pathogen, or the 
vector for vector-borne diseases. Papers 
considering host + pathogen or pathogen + vector 
(co-evolution) are particularly encouraged. All 
pathogens are within the scope of MEEGID: 
viruses, parasitic protozoa, helminths, fungal 
organisms, and prions. All infectious models can 
be explored, including those of veterinary or 
agronomical relevance.

Confirmed Speakers

Francisco J. Ayala (Dept Ecology and Evolution, 
UC Irvine): (i) Evolution of malaria; (ii) 
Darwin's Revolution

Robin Bush (Dept Ecology and Evolution, UC 
Irvine, California): Influenza Evolution

Koussay Dellagi (Centre for Research and 
Surveillance of Emerging Diseases in the Indian 
Ocean). Chikungunya epidemics

Appolinaire Djikeng (J. Craig Venter Institute, 
Rockville, Maryland, USA) Viral genomics

Sunetra Gupta (University of Oxford, UK) The role 
of immune selection on pathogen population 

Henry Harpending (University of Salt Lake City): 
Infectious Diseases and Human Evolution

Austin Hugues (University of South Carolina, 
Columbia) The Importance of Purifying Selection 
in Pathogen Evolution

Tovi Lehmann (NIAID, NIH). Vector population genetics and genomics

James Musser (Cornell University, New York) 
Molecular Genetic Basis of Group A Streptococcus 

Martine Peeters (IRD Montpellier, France). HIV molecular evolution

Anne Rimoin (UC Los Angeles) : implementing 
active surveillance of human monkeypox in the 
democratic republic of Congo

Michel Tibayrenc (IRD, Bangkok, Thailand): 
Integrated evolutionary epidemiology: where are 
we now?

Nathan Wolfe (UC Los Angeles): Viral forecasting

The MEEGID meetings are organized in synergy with 
the new journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution 
http://www.elsevier.com/locate/meegid), covering 
the same scientific topic. Launched only 6 years 
ago, Infection, Genetics and Evolution is now 
published with six issues per year, and has been 
indexed by Medline and Index Medicus, starting 
from the first issue. It has been quoted 3.5/5.0 
("very good") by the US National Library of 
Medicine. It is now covered by ISI and the 
official impact factor for 2007 is 2.407 (ISI Web 
of knowledge).

The papers communicated for MEEGID IX will be 
published in a special issue of Infection, 
Genetics and Evolution, as already done for 
MEEGID VI (Paris, July 2002) and MEEGID VIII 
(Bangkok, Thailand, November 2006). MEEGID IX 
will include 10-15 plenary lectures, about 20 
specialized symposia, 12-15 "express-debates" (a 
20-min presentation by a single speaker followed 
by 40 min of free discussion) and several poster 

Special emphasis through plenary lectures and 
symposia will be given to health problems of 
particular interest to mediterranean and tropical 
countries: AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis 
(especially multidrug resistant TB), sleeping 
sickness, leishmanioses, Chagas disease, ebola, 
bird flu, Chikungunya, as well as cattle and crop 
pathogens. Plenary lectures and symposia will 
also deal with transversal topics such as 
population genetics or species concepts. The 
congress is open to proposals for conferences and 

Awards will be attributed to the best oral 
communication, the best oral communication by a 
scientist from the Southern World on a problem 
specifically relevant to these areas, the best 
oral communication by a student, and the best 
communication by poster. Each prize winner will 
be offered a free 2-year subscription to 
Infection, Genetics and Evolution.

The abstract submission deadline is the 30th September 2008.

Registration Fee: 200.00 euros or equivalent in 
other currencies. Reduced fees upon request for 
scientists from developing countries who do not 
have international funds. Registration fees are 
waived for students.

Registration and abstract submission on:

More information available at: http://www.th.ird.fr/site_meegid/menu.htm

Michel Tibayrenc, MD, PhD
Editor -in-chief Infection, Genetics and Evolution (Elsevier)
IRD representative in Thailand
IRD Representative Office
French Embassy
29, Thanon Sathorn Tai,
Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Tel : + (66 2) 627 2190
Fax : + (66 2) 627 2194
Cel: + (66 8 1) 82 64 056
E-mail : Michel.Tibayrenc from ird.fr
Website : <http://www.th.ird.fr/>http://www.th.ird.fr

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