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Zebrafish models of host-pathogen interaction

Special Interest Symposium

Saturday, 5 September, 13:00-17:00 Hall 10A

This symposium will show the latest developments in the growing use of zebrafish for infectious disease research and drug discovery.

It is organized by FishForPharma, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission. Please note that participants wishing to attend the special interest symposium must register to attend The EMBO Meeting - day passes for Saturday 5 September are available. Conference registration is now open and registration deadline is 19 August. Due to limited spaces available for this symposium, early reservation is recommended by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chair: Annemarie Meijer – Leiden University, NL


13:00-13:10 Annemarie Meijer, Leiden University, NL - Welcome address
Serge Mostowy, Imperial College London, UK:
Keynote lecture: New roles for the cytoskeleton in cell-autonomous immunity

13:40-14:00 Justyna Serba, The University of Sheffield, UK: In vivo imaging of host-pathogen interactions in Staphyloccocus aureus infection
Eva Doro, Wageningen University, NL: Establishment of a trypanosome infection model in zebrafish and the role of mTNFa during infection
14:20-14:40 Annette Vergunst, INSERM, FR: How zebrafish can help us see through virulence mechanisms of Burkholderia cepacia complex in Cystic Fibrosis

15:10-15:40 Andres Floto, University of Cambridge, UK:
Keynote lecture: Defining host directed therapies in Tuberculosis and Staphylococcus infection using fish at a distance

15:40-16:00 Beatriz Novoa, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, ES: Viral Hemorrhagic Infection in Zebrafish Larvae
Paola Kuri Rodriguez, EMBL, DE: Using zebrafish to study in vivo dynamics of the inflammasome adaptor ASC
16:20-16:40 Vincenzo Torraca, Leiden University, NL: The role of chemokine signaling in mycobacterial infection
16:40-17:00 Jean-Pierre Levraud, Institut Pasteur, FR: Alphavirus infection in zebrafish sheds light on neurotropism