U.S.-Japan Cooperative Medical Sciences Program (USJCMSP)
Parasitic Disease Panel
February 9, 2017
Venue: Novotel Ambassador in Seoul Gangnam - Bordeaux C Room, Lower Level
Thursday, 9 February 2017

8:00-9:00              Registration

9:00-9:10              Kenji Hirayama, Malla Rao
9:10-9:30              Strategic directions for future research in Parasitic Diseases
                           Malla Rao – Secretariat, Parasitic Diseases Panel
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS                                                            
Session Chairs: Drs. James Kazura and Kenji Hirayama 
9:30-9:50              Identification of an AIGI gene as a novel virulence-associated gene by comparative genomics of Entamoeba histolytica clinical isolates
                           Kumiko TsukuiSenior Research Scientist, NIID
9:50-10:10            Uniqueness of the blood-stage malaria vaccine candidate BK-SE36       
                           Toshihiro Horii - Professor, BIKEN, Osaka University
10:10-10:30          Discovery of novel erythrocyte binding proteins of Plasmodium vivax
                           Eun-Taek HanProfessor, Kangwon National University School of Medicine, South Korea
10:30-10:50          Break
10:50–11:10         Impact of maternal praziquantel treatment during pregnancy on offspring immune responses to schistosome antigens at six years of age in Leyte, Philippines: results from a randomized controlled trial.
Mario Jiz - Head Associate, RITM, Philippines
11:10-11:30          Screening for transmission-blocking vaccine candidates using the Plasmodium berghei model
Yaming Cao Professor, China Medical University, Shenyang
11:30-11:50          Genetic evidence for two genetically distinct zoonotic Plasmodium knowlesi parasites in Malaysia
Md Atique Ahmed – Post Doc, Kangwon National University, South Korea
12:00-13:00          Lunch Break
Session Chairs: Drs. Takafumi Tsuboi and Malla Rao
13:00-13:20         PfGAMA, a novel blood-stage malaria vaccine candidate, associates directly with PfMSP10
Eizo TakashimaAssociate Professor, Proteo-Science Center, Ehime University
13:20-13:40          Crossborder malaria: A threat for malaria elimination in Bhutan
                           Tashi Tobgay - Director, Khesar Gyalpo Medical University of Bhutan
13:40-14:00          Plasmodium falciparum CSP vaccine based on a heterologous adenovirus-prime and baculovirus-boost immunization regimen confers sterile protection against transgenic P. berghei sporozoite challenge
                           Kunitaka Yoshida Student, Kanazawa University
14:00-14:20          Transmission blocking in mutant malaria parasites resistance to antimalaria drug Atovaquone  
Josephine E. Siregar - Research Fellow, Mitochondria and Infectious Diseases Lab.    
14:20-14:40          Biochemical analysis of Plasmodium falciparum FJ180, a PHIST protein secreted into infected red blood cells
Takahiro Nakata Student, Proteo-Science Center, Ehime University
14:40-15:00          Break
Session Chairs: Drs. Tomo Nozaki and Boris Striepen
15:00-15:20          Forward Genetic Screen for Host-Directed Therapy against Amebiasis
                           William PetriProfessor, University of Virginia
15:20-15:40          IFN- controls amebic liver abscess and the function of type 2 innate lymphoid cells in mice intraportally inoculated with Entamoeba histolytica       
Shinjiro Hamano - Professor, NEKKEN
15:40-16:00          Characterizing malaria vector populations across three geographical setting in West Africa
Mamadou Coulibaly – Researcher, University of Bamako
16:00-16:20          High throughput screening and combinatorial chemistry for the discovery of novel anti-malarials       
                           Farhana Mosaddeque PhD Student, NEKKEN
16:20-16:40          Activation and exhaustion of antigen-specific CD8+ T cells occur in different splenic compartments during infection with Plasmodium berghei
                           Ganchimeg Bayarsaikhan – Student – Nagasaki University
Session Chairs: Dr. Kiyoshi Kita and Guiyun Yan
16:40-17:00          Characterization of the protein-protein interactions between PfRipr, Rh5 and CyRPA for logical design of blood-stage malaria vaccine
Hikaru Nagaoka Researcher, Proteo-Science Center, Ehime University
17:00-17:20          Discovery of lineage-specific mitosomal membrane proteins in Entamoeba histolytica
Santos Herbert Jiminez, Researcher, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
17:20-17:40          Application of antimalarial drugs for malaria biology
                           Takahiro Tougan Assistant Professor, BIKEN, Osaka University
17:40-18:00          Plasmodium Knowlesi Skeleton-Binding Protein 1 Localizes to the “Sinton and Mulligan” Stipplings in the Cytoplasm of Monkey and Human Erythrocytes
                           Lucky Amuza- PhD Student, NEKKEN