Together with Sarah Cobey (Harvard / U Chicago), Gabriel Perron (U. Ottawa) and Fredrik Inglis (ETH), I organize a symposium, “The Evolution and Genetics of Drug Resistance,” at the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) meeting this August. The ESEB meeting is the largest European conference on evolution and takes place every two years. This summer it will be held in Lisbon (https://www.eseb2013.com/). Approximately 1400 people are expected to attend.
There is general consensus that the evolution of drug resistance is an interesting scientific topic and an important public health issue. We are very happy & proud that this year there will be a symposium dedicated to this theme at ESEB. We have invited two great invited speakers, Cally Roper and Craig MacLean. Dr. Roper works on drug resistance in malaria, including its evolution and its global distribution. Dr. MacLean has researched the evolutionary genetics of antibiotic resistance in the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
The deadline for abstracts is February 28th. To submit your abstract, please first register at https://www.eseb2013.com/ and then upload your abstract to the site.
The four of us will evaluate the abstracts in a blinded way, so that we will not know whose abstract we are judging. The total amount of time allocated for our symposium depends in part on the number of abstracts received. More submissions will ensure an interesting and lively session. We welcome studies that are based on theory, data analysis, experiment, and/or clinical research.
We hope to see you this summer in Lisbon (which, by the way, is a great city to visit)!
Symposium Description: The Evolution and Genetics of Drug Resistance
The evolution of drug resistance in pathogenic microorganisms is one of the most important challenges facing evolutionary biologists. Evolutionary studies of drug resistance can aid the development of effective clinical strategies. At the same time, such studies help further our general understanding of evolutionary biology. Our symposium provides a venue to discuss experimental and theoretical studies that improve basic understanding and/or inform clinical practice.