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In 2017, for the first time, the ILS conference “Science for People” will be offering practical workshops to delegates which are designed to provide training and hands-on experience in many of the different aspects of leptospirosis research.

International students, technicians, researchers, human health workers and veterinarians will participate in practical workshops which are designed to set gold-standard methodologies for leptospirosis research and application of research findings. Workshops will cover a broad range of topics, designed to achieve excellence in this multidisciplinary field of science.

Three day crash courses in the disciplines of leptospirosis research ............

Courses are designed to rapidly familiarise researchers of any skill level with the techniques they will need to carry out cutting edge, high quality science that will stand up to the scrutiny of peer review.  Our experts will assist ith individual participants research questions and analyses in scheduled break-out sessions.

People and animals catch leptospirosis from many different sources.

Where does leptospirosis come from?

Which sources are the most important?

This workshop will help you to address these, and other questions relating to disease circulation.

Training sessions cover a broad range of topics, including study, design, risk factor and source attribution analysis.

Participants will get hands on experience with numerous statistical methods, and will take home custon-written analysis codes designed for leptospirosis research.

The identification and isolation of Leptospira can be very challenging.

How do I diagnose Leptospirosis?

How do I isolate and culture Leptospira?

This workshop will provide a thorough overview of key laboratory-based procedures associated with leptospirosis.

  Training will cover serologicial (MAT) and molecular (PCR) diagnostics of leptospirosis as well as isolation, culturing and prevention methodologies.

Participants will learn the skills necessary for effective Leptospira microbiology, and will take home documented recipies and protocols for use in their laboratories.

Genomics is an increasingly important part of disease research.  But exploiting next generation sequencing data is a complex task.

How do I use genomic data?

What does my genome tell me?

This workshop will provide bioinformatics training for beginers to the field of bacterial genomics. 

Training will cover a full analysis pipeline from raw data to comparitive genomics. 

Participants will learn to exploit genomic data, and will take home a customised virtual machine environment for bioinformatics analysis in their workspace.

No particular experience is required, "getting started" documentation will be provided pior to the workshop start date in order for participants to get the maxium benefit from each session.

Participants should either be involved in or training to be involved in relevant activities, and will be asked to provide a brief personal statement upon subscription.

The Epidemiology, Microbiology and Genomics workshops are each 3 days workshops that will be run concurrently over Sunday 3rd, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th December. Therefore, it is only possible to register interest for one workshop.

The number of participants on the Microbiology workshop will be limited due to laboratory considerations.

The price of workshop registrations is confirmed at $450 NZD (300 EUR, 320 USD).  This includes lunch and refreashments will be provided, but is exclusive of accomodation.

In addition to training, attendees will receive a workshop package containing a full work booklet and a USB drive containing workshop related documentation and software packages.