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Update on Giardia: Highlights from the seventh International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference

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Although Giardia duodenalis is recognized as one of the leading causes of parasitic human diarrhea in the world, knowledge of the mechanisms of infection is limited, as the pathophysiological consequences of infection remain incompletely elucidated. Similarly, the reason for and consequences of the very specific genome-organization in this parasite with 2 active nuclei is only partially known. Consistent with its tradition, the 7th International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference (IGCC 2019) was held from June 23 to 26, 2019, at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the University of Rouen-Normandie, France, to discuss current research perspectives in the field. This renowned event brought together an international delegation of researchers to present and debate recent advances and identify the main research themes and knowledge gaps. The program for this interdisciplinary conference included all aspects of host-parasite relationships, from basic research to applications in human and veterinary medicine, as well as the environmental issues raised by water-borne parasites and their epidemiological consequences. With regard to Giardia and giardiasis, the main areas of research for which new findings and the most impressive communications were presented and discussed included: parasite ecology and epidemiology of giardiasis, Giardia-host interactions, and cell biology of Giardia, genomes and genomic evolution. The high-quality presentations discussed at the Conference noted breakthroughs and identified new opportunities that will inspire researchers and funding agencies to stimulate future research in a "one health" approach to improve basic knowledge and clinical and public health management of zoonotic giardiasis.
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hal-03152451 , version 1 (25-02-2021)

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André G Buret, Simone M Cacciò, Loïc Favennec, Staffan Svärd. Update on Giardia: Highlights from the seventh International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference. Parasite, 2020, 27, pp.49. ⟨10.1051/parasite/2020047⟩. ⟨hal-03152451⟩
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