We are excited to announce the Michael Gottlieb Memorial Award that will support students attending MeBoP! The award was made possible with help from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

MeBoP: Middle Eastern Biology of Parasitism

For participants in the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa

About the course

This is a high-caliber scientific course that would cover various aspects of parasitology from molecular biology and epidemiology to genomics, targeted for students in the Middle East as well as North and Sub-Saharan Africa

MeBoP Goals:

  1. To provide high-caliber scientific training covering various aspects of parasitology research from molecular biology and epidemiology to genomics. We believe that it is critical that scientific skills that are well established elsewhere in the world are disseminated to endemic areas where they can be put into practice to face local issues.

  2. To provide an environment where young scientists from conflicted political areas are given the opportunity to focus on their mutual professional interests and goals, and to promote networking and the building of professional collaborations across these areas.

Course Dates and location:

Dates: July 24 - August 6, 2022

Location: University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Application Deadline: March 5th, 2022

Thank you to all who submitted an application for MeBoP 2022. We received a large number of applications and many were very good. Decisions have been made by committee and we are excited to have accepted 16 students.

Workshop format:

MeBoP is a 2 week intensive course that will host a small select group of top candidates (12-16 grad-students, postdocs and young professionals) from Middle Eastern as well as North and Sub-Saharan African countries.

Each day will consist of a 4-hour morning lecture session followed by an afternoon lab practical. Lectures and modules are given by leading scientists in the field of parasite research (see program).

Main topics covered:

Biology of parasites

  • Lecture component: focus on diseases endemic in the Middle Eastern region such as water born diseases and vector born disease.

    • molecular and cellular biology

    • host-parasite interactions

    • epidemiology and population genetics

    • transmission and life cycle

    • Bioinformatics and genome mining

  • Practical modules: focus on the best established systems for molecular parasite research.

Workshop cost:

  • The course is free and includes meals (suitable for all diets).

  • Some scholarships will be available for travel and accommodation. Scholarship determinations will be done after admittance decisions have been made. We may request a letter to explain the need for a scholarship at a later date.