Cryptonet (www.cryptonet.ie) is pleased announce a three day practical
workshop on molecular techniques and risk assessment focused on
surface water contamination by Cryptosporidium spp. from agricultural
sources. All are welcome to join at University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin, Ireland from Wednesday 3rd to Friday 5th June 2009.
The workshop will be hosted by the UCD School of Agriculture, Food
Science and Veterinary Medicine, and The Central Veterinary Research
Laboratory (DAFF). Participants can choose to join just the one day
symposium on molecular methods and risk assessment and, if they wish
one of two follow on workshops detailed below.
Contamination of surface water by Cryptosporidium spp.
A workshop on molecular biological techniques and risk assessment
A one day symposium bringing together methodologies in molecular
identification of Cryptosporidium spp. and microbial risk assessment
will be held on Wednesday June 3rd 2009. A combination of
international and local speakers will present on key research issues
relating to using molecular tools and risk assessment for
Cryptosporidium spp. in agricultural catchments. Attendance at the
symposium is welcome without participation in the concurrent practical
workshops to be held on June 4th-5th 2009.
Workshop 1: Molecular Techniques
A two-day practical workshop on molecular biological techniques:
towards the development of standard protocols for the detection and
quantification of Cryptosporidium oocysts in various environmental
matrices. This session will cover the DNA extraction from complex
environmental matrices (soil, slurry and contaminated water) and the
detection of Cryptosporidium spp. using real time qPCR techniques.
Special attention will be dedicated to statistical analysis of real
time PCR data.
Workshop 2: Microbial Risk Assessment
A one-day workshop on risk assessment techniques applied to the study
of non point source agricultural pollution. Using a participatory-
based approach to teaching and learning, attendees will have the
opportunity to use software tools and contribute to in-depth
discussions, share experiences, and exchange resources in a variety of
thematic topics such as Microbial and Ecological Risk Assessment, Risk
Based Site Evaluation, Cryptosporidium Epidemiology. Participants
will develop a sound understanding in developing conceptual risk
assessment models and semi-quantitative methods in describing
Registration form could be found at www.cryptonet.ie/workshop09/
To request more information contact: marco.berzano from ucd.ie or peter.ziegler from ucd.ie
Apologies for cross-posting.
Dr MARCO BERZANO
Bioresources Research Centre / Biosystems Engineering
UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine
Agriculture and Food Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield -Dublin 4 -IRELAND
Fax: +353 1 7167415
Email: marco.berzano from ucd.ie
Mobile: +353 87 0683867