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Call for registration of interest - Schisto Genome Network 1998 Meeting

David Johnston daj at nhm.ac.uk
Thu Apr 2 06:16:46 EST 1998

 Dear Collegues,
 WHO has provided funds to its Schisto Genome Network to hold a Meeting to
 review progress in the Schisto Genome Initiative, to identify and resolve
 limitations arising from current strategies and to decide the future agenda
 for the Network's research.
 With respect to the future direction of research activities, WHO-TDR's
 Genome Committee, has indicated that it would like to see the initiation of
 "post-genomic" studies and that it is willing to receive applications for
 such projects in the next funding round (deadline for new applications,
 15th July 1998). This potential shift in emphasis of Network activity may
 make participation in the Genome Network more attractive to various
 research groups.
 WHO defines "post-genomic" initiatives as projects investigating DNA
 sequence information for the identification of molecules important for
 parasite virulence and host survival. Since this is a relatively new area,
 the Committee does not wish to restrict the scope of such proposals but
 stipulates that they must:
 * be of innovative approach
 * ultimately include whole genome analysis to provide valuable information
 about function of all genes and the genome; preliminary studies should be
 extendable to the whole genome
 * contain detailed analysis, showing that the research is both cost- and
 * not simply a be major scale up of currently practiced analysis by single
   The purpose of this mailing is, therefore, to invite laboratories
 interested in either "pre-genomic" (gene discovery, physical mapping,
 informatics etc.) or "post genomic" analyses (as above) to register their
 interest in attending the 1998 Network Meeting. This is currently scheduled
 for 9th - 12th May 1998 at Angra dos Reis, Brazil (100 km south of Rio de
 Janeiro). These dates have been chosen after consultation with WHO and with
 consideration of the deadlines for reports and new applications. We
 anticipate that funds will be made available to help support
 representatives of several new groups attend the Meeting.
 Please reply, as soon as possible, to David Johnston, Network Secretary
 (daj at nhm.ac.uk), with details of your potential interests in the
 generation, analysis and exploitation of genome data.
 Further details of the TDR-Genome Workplan can be obtained from TDR's WWW
 site (http://www.who.ch/tdr/)
 Further information about the WHO Schistosoma Genome Network can be
 obtained from its WWW site (http://www.nhm.ac.uk/schisto) or by email to
 the Network Secretary.
 Thank you, in advance,
 David Johnston
 Phil LoVerde (Network co-ordinator)
 Jucara Parra (local organiser - CPqRR (FIOCRUZ), Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
 David A. Johnston,
 Secretary to the WHO Schistosoma Genome Network,
 Biomedical Parasitology Division,
 Dept. of Zoology,
 The Natural History Museum,
 Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, England, UK.
 Tel: 0171 9389297 (from outside the UK: 44 171 9389297)
 Fax: 0171 9388754 (from outside the UK: 44 171 9388754)
 eMail daj at nhm.ac.uk
 The  Biomedical Parasitology Division is a WHO Collaborating Centre for the
 identification of schistosomes and their snail hosts.

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