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Schistosoma spp. Life Cycle Training Course

Schistosoma spp. Life Cycle Training Course

Biomedical Research Institute, Rockville MD

April 3-5, 2019

The NIH-NIAID Schistosomiasis Resource Center offers a training course on the maintenance of three Schistosoma spp. life cycles: S. haematobium, S. japonicum and S.mansoni. The course is designed to acquaint investigators working in the field of schistosomiasis with protocols for maintaining the complete parasite life cycle in their own laboratory and provides both lectures and wet-lab exercises, including: snail cultivation; exposure of snails to miracidia; shedding patent snails for cercariae collection; generation of schistosomula; protocols to infect rodents; and methods for the collection of adult worms and eggs from rodent tissues. The 2 ½ -day course also provides a presentation describing NIH grants and research resources by Glen McGugan, PhD, from the Parasitology and International Programs Branch, NIAID.

The goals of the course include learning to maintain the Schistosoma life cycle in your own laboratory and hands-on experience with each life cycle stage of the parasite.

This is a great learning opportunity for students, post-doctoral fellows and Principal Investigators interested in schistosomes, snail vectors and rodent models of infection.


Interested in attending the Schistosoma spp. Life Cycle Training Course?

Please contact

Margaret Mentink-Kane, PhD

Principal Investigator, NIH NIAID SRC


Kenia Villatoro-Benitez

SRC Administrative Assistant


The course fee is $300.00 (USD). Attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals.  We are located at 9410 Key West Avenue, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

Phone 1-301-329-0412; Facsimile 1-301-881-7640.

Schistosomiasis Molecular Training Course

The next course date to be announced 

“Gene Editing of Adult Schistosomes by CRISPR/cas”

The Schistosomiasis Resource Center Molecular Training Course, “Gene Editing of Adult Schistosomes by CRISPR/Cas” will be held December 6-8, 2017 at BRI. Attendees will receive hands-on training involving CRISPR/Cas-based knock down of target gene expression in adult worms in vitro. Lectures on primer design and data analysis will be given by SRC staff, with additional lectures on recent research advances from visiting scientists (to be announced). Specific techniques for the hands-on training will include:

  • Adult schistosome culture
  • Total RNA and DNA isolations
  • cDNA preparation and quantitative PCR
  • Genomic cleavage assays and gel electrophoresis

This is a great learning opportunity for researchers of all levels who want to apply molecular techniques to their studies of schistosomes and snails. Anyone interested in attending the Molecular Training Course can contact  Margaret Mentink-KaneThere is no fee associated with the course, but attendees are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and meals.