2nd Working Group and Management Committee meeting, 27-28 September 2016

  • 27 - 28 September 2016
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia



We are very pleased to welcome you in Ljubljana, Slovenia, for the next COST Action TD1302 CYSTINET meeting that will take place on September 27-28 2016 (28 September is a joined meeting with the EURO-FBP Action), at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Ljubljana!



27 September 2016

Working Group Meeting

9:00-10:00  Plenary session (Lecture room 2)

  • 9:00  Reception of participants
  • 9:15  Welcome
    • Barbara Šoba Šparl (IMI) – local organiser
    • Miroslav Petrovec – Head of the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the President of the       Slovenian Society for Clinical Microbiology and Hospital Infections of Slovenian Medical Association
  • 9:30Presentation of the COST action TD1302 CYSTINET and general progress; Sarah Gabriël – Action Chair &                    Barbara Šoba Šparl – STSM Coordinator

10:00-10:45       Separate Working Group session (briefing of activities since last meeting) (Lecture room 2, Lecture room 3, Seminar room 2)

10:45-11:15        Coffee break and group photo (CYSTINET & EURO-FBP)

11:15-13:00       Separate Working Group session (cont.) (Lecture room 2, Lecture room 3, Seminar room 2)

13:00-14:00        Lunch and poster presentations (CYSTINET & EURO-FBP)

14:00-14:45       Plenary session of all working groups (WG1 – Brecht Devleesschauwer, WG2 – A. Winkler, Teresa Garate & Pierre Dorny, WG3 – Chiara Trevisan) (Lecture room 2)

14:45-16:00        Oral presentations (Sarah Gabriël) (Lecture room 2)

  • 14:45     Anamaria Cozma-Petruţ: Experimental model of chemoprevention in hepato-peritoneal cysticercosis in pigs (O CN 1)
  • 15:00    Emma Hobbs: Assessment of the computer-based Taenia solium educational program ‘The Vicious Worm’ on knowledge uptake in primary school children in Katete district in Eastern Zambia (O CN 2)
  • 15:15    Fabian Dupont: Risk factor analysis in patients with neurocysticercosis associated epilepsy in northern Uganda (O CN 3)
  • 15:30    Celine Kaae Laforet: Fact sheets for strategic communication to the general public on Taenia solium and Taenia saginata (O CN 4)
  • 15:45    Chiara Trevisan: Disease behaviours of sows naturally infected with Taenia solium in Tanzania (O CN 5)

16:05-16:30        Coffee break and poster presentations (CYSTINET & EURO-FBP)

Management Committee Meeting

16:30-18:00       Management Committee Meeting (for MC members only) (Lecture room 2)



20:00    Dinner at Restaurant Gostilna na gradu (Grajska planota 1, 1000 Ljubljana) (CYSTINET & EURO-FBP)

28 September 2016


9:00-10:35          Plenary session: Invited speakers presentations (Karin Troell, Sarah Gabriël) (Lecture room 2)

  • 9:00        Isra Cruz, Senior Scientific Officer, Neglected Tropical Diseases Programme, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND): Diagnostics development pipeline (O FBP&CN 1)
  • 9:50        Jessica Kissinger, Institute of Bioinformatics, University of Georgia, USA: What types of information can be gleaned from both whole genome and targeted amplicon NGS data of pathogens? (O FBP&CN 2)

10:40-11:10        Coffee break and poster presentations

11:10-12:05        Oral presentations (Christian Klotz) (Lecture room 2)

  • 11:10     Joke van der Giessen: Ranking food-borne parasites in Europe using multicriteria decision analyses (O FBP&CN 3)
  • 11:30     Hélène Yera: Contribution of PCR in cerebrospinal fluid samples for the diagnosis of neurocysticercosis in patients living in a non-endemic country
  • (O FBP&CN 4)
  • 11:40      András József Laki: Microfluidic devices for parasitology (O FBP&CN 5)
  • 11:50    Teresa Gárate: Evaluation of 2B2t recombinant antigen in western blot for diagnosis of cystic echinococcosis (O FBP&CN 6)

12:10-13:10       Open discussion: How to envisage (or not) the development/optimisation of tools detecting multiple pathogens in the same matrix? (Lecture room 2, Lecture room 3)

(Two discussion groups, followed by a plenary wrap-up session with all participants)

  • Discussion Group 1 (Joke van der Giessen) – Human and veterinary samples: Blood (whole blood, serum), stool
  • Discussion Group 2 (Pierre Dorny) – Food: Meat (meat, meat juice), vegetables, others


Points to address within each group (considering FBP):

  • Is there a need to look into multipathogen detecting tools? (pros and cons)
  • Which are the multipathogen detecting tools currently existing?
  • Which pathogens could be combined?
  • Which techniques could be envisaged?
  • Should the focus be on high throughput systems? For which regions (resource rich vs resource poor regions)?
  • Do we also need tools to genotype FBP and when is this important?
  • Is WGS feasible to identify FBP knowing that this is the future for bacteria and viruses?
  • How can we, as a group, start/continue this?


13:10-14:10        Lunch and poster presentations


14:10-15:15       Open discussion (cont.) (Lecture room 2, Lecture room 3)


15:15-16:00       Plenary Wrap-up session (Lucy Robertson, Sarah Gabriël) (Lecture room 2)


16:00                       End of the Meeting

Practical Information


Please fill in the registration form (Registration form_CYSTINET) and send it to cystinet-eurofbp@imi.si

Deadline: 12 September 2016

Abstract submission

Please fill in the abstract submission form (Abstract submission_CYSTINET) and send it to cystinet-eurofbp@imi.si

Deadline: 12 September 2016

Travel information/ Accommodation

Travel information and a List of hotels (Travel&Hotel Info CYSTINET) near the venue with reduced prices for CYSTINET and EURO-FBP participants.

Since the booking deadlines are very tight we recommend you book a hotel as soon as possible (Hotel Meksiko – Reservation Form). You may of course also consider alternative hotels.


Local Organizers
Barbara Šoba Šparl (Barbara.soba@mf.uni-lj.si) and Miha Skvarč (miha.skvarc@mf.uni-lj.si) / Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana


Slovenian Society for Clinical Microbiology and Hospital Infections of Slovenian Medical Association