WAAVP Scientific Committee


The 27th Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology is pleased to announce the members of the Science Committee for the July 2019 meeting.  These individuals will advise the WAAVP on the program content and be responsible for the review of scientific submissions and the content of the meeting, the “sifting and winnowing the evidence in veterinary parasitology”. Sifting and winnowing is a metaphor for the academic pursuit of truth affiliated with the University of Wisconsin–Madison. It was coined by UW President Charles Kendall Adams in an 1894 final report from a committee exonerating economics professor Richard T. Ely of censurable charges from state education superintendent Oliver Elwin Wells. The phrase became a local byword for the tenet of academic freedom. The 2019 WAAVP meeting, as part of that commitment to truth, is dedicated to Professor Arlie C. Todd, Emeritus Professor of Veterinary Parasitology of the UW.


WAAVP Madison 2019 Science Committee Members


Lyric Bartholomay (Director) is a vector biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Veterinary Science, with interest in disease agents that include nematode parasites and arboviruses. She and her lab are studying mosquito-pathogen interactions with an emphasis on innate immunity in the mosquito host and are working to translate that knowledge into novel mosquito control methods. They are also interested in understanding when and where mosquitoes are present across the Midwest, and which of those mosquitoes present a risk to human and animal health. She teaches parasitology at the UW. She’s also part of the Urban Ecosystem Project at Iowa State University where she is part of a team that teaches mosquito biology to elementary students and their families.

Edwin Claerebout graduated as a veterinarian at Ghent University, Belgium, in 1990. After a short stay in a rural practice in the UK, he started working at the Laboratory of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, where he obtained his PhD in veterinary sciences (parasitology) in 1998. He became lecturer in parasitology at Ghent University in 2001 and full professor in 2010. Since 2003 he is a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC). He lectures on various topics in veterinary parasitology, but his main area of expertise is control of gastrointestinal parasites of cattle.



Richard Endris is currently the President of Endris Consulting, specializing Research Program Manager at Merck Animal Health based in Summit, NJ, USA.  Richard’s early research career dates back to the early seventies, having held positions with Mallinckrodt, Merck, US Department of Agriculture, University of Florida and the US Amy, focusing on the control of human and animal vector-borne diseases, sand fly transmission of arboviruses and leishmaniasis; soft tick transmission of African swine fever virus; and hard tick transmission of bacterial and parasitic diseases.  After working on the control of ectoparasites of companion and food animals, in 1997 he took on responsibility for global development of pharmaceuticals for aquaculture, including SLICE for control of sea lice on salmonids.

Dr. Epe got his degree in Veterinary Medicine at the Hannover School of Veterinary Medicine, Germany, in 1990. After a post-doctoral position there, he spent 15 years in academia heading the Diagnostic Labs and Services Unit with full responsibilities in teaching, state examination, and supervision of doctoral students.   Research activities included molecular parasitology, and working with nematodes and arthropods of companion animals. In 2003, Dr. Epe became a Diplomat of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (DipEVPC)   In 2007, Dr. Epe transitioned to a commercial research position at Novartis Animal Health, Switzerland, then   the role of Lead Finder in the Human Health Research headquarters of Novartis in Boston, USA, to identify projects for the animal health pipeline. Returning to Novartis Animal Health Switzerland in 2014 as Head of Parasiticide Research, Dr. Epe managed a research pipeline in Parasitology and a large research team focused on building, communicating, and implementing a research strategy for Veterinary Parasitology.Dr. Epe’s specialties include: Drug discovery, Helminths of dogs & cats, Control of parasitic diseases of livestock and companion animals, and Establishing a QM system in routine diagnostic parasitology with accreditation.


Alvin Gajadhar is the Chief Scientist at Parasitix Lab Services, Saskatoon, Canada, and adjunct Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, WCVM, University of Saskatchewan. He established and led the Canadian Centre for Foodborne and Animal Parasitology for over two decades. His work has included a wide range of parasites including zoonotic protozoa and helminths. He currently serves as President, International Association for Food and Waterborne Parasitology, and Editor-in-Chief of the recently established journal Food and Waterborne Parasitology


Robin is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. He is a classically trained parasitologist, who develops and employs advanced molecular and informatic technologies to explore the biology of parasites, disease processes and host-parasite interactions, to underpin the development of new interventions against parasites. His passion has been to educate undergraduate and postgraduate students in parasitology, to foster the careers of young scientists and to promote the discipline of parasitology in scientific and non-scientific fora. Robin has been an editor and is on a number of editorial boards of international scientific journals. He has received international recognition through a Bancroft Mackerras Medal, Fulbright Fellowship, WAAVP-Bayer Research Award and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize. Tierarzt (Bern, 1984), Dr med vet (Zurich, 1988), PhD (Melb, 1990), DVSc (Melb, 2000), Dr med vet hc (Bern, 2013), FASM, FASP, Dip EVPC

Timothy Geary obtained his PhD in 1980 from the University of Michigan (Pharmacology). From 1980-1985, he was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor in malaria research at Michigan State University. From 1985 to 2005, he was a research scientist in the veterinary parasitology group at the Upjohn Company (Pharmacia, then Pfizer) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2005, Tim joined McGill University as a Tier I Canada Research Chair and Professor in the Institute of Parasitology, and became its Director in 2007. He has received the Bueding-von Brand Award of the American Society of Parasitologists, the Merial-AAVP Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award, and is past President of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. Tim is on the editorial boards of 7 scientific journals and is a consultant for many pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies on antiparasitic drug discovery and development and for non-profit organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation.

Nancy Hinkle received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida.  She taught at the University of California, Riverside, for nine years before joining the University of Georgia faculty in 2001 as a Veterinary Entomologist, working on ectoparasites and vectors of animal diseases. She has conducted research on fleas, mosquitoes, flies, ticks, lice, beetles, mites, and other pests of pets, livestock, and poultry. She is a member of the University of Georgia Faculty of Infectious Diseases, Past-President (2016) of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Past-President (2009) of the Society for Vector Ecology, and Past-President (2005) of the Medical and Veterinary Entomology Section of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). She received the ESA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension (2001) and the National Recognition Award in Urban Entomology (2014).  In 2012 the Livestock Insect Workers Conference presented her the Lifetime Achievement Award in Livestock Entomology.

Chandra Panchadcharam graduated from University Putra Malaysia in 1985 with a DVM and further specialising in the area of Veterinary parasitology especially in Anthelmintic resistance and helminth control in small ruminants, working with agencies like ACIAR, JICA and FAO.  She has also worked on tropical protozoan diseases like Trypanosomiasis, Babesiosis and Theileriosis in ruminants as well as fascioliasis and fly control in Malaysia. She has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals and about 250 presentations and talks given at various conferences and seminars. She has been working in the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia for the past 30 years, and currently in the Division of Research and Innovation and overseeing harmonisation of laboratory tests, editorial for local journals and administrative duties covering research collaborations with several agencies in Malaysia. She is an active member of the Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine as well as the Veterinary Association Malaysia and has served in WAAVP as an executive council member from 2005-2015.

Domenico Otranto BVetMed, PhD, DipEVPC is Professor in Veterinary Parasitology and Head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Bari (Italy). He was recipient of the “Peter Nansen” International award of the WAAVP and of an International award of the “Lincei Academy”. He is Past President of the European Veterinary Parasitology College (EVPC), Editor in Chief of Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Coeditor of Parasitology Research advisor editor of Parasites and Vectors and member of the editorial board of several international journals. His research experience mostly focuses on dog and cat vector borne diseases of zoonotic concern. His scientific output to date consists of over 450 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, numerous book chapters and two books in the field. He organizes the Parasitology Summer Course (ParSCo) a residential international course on vector borne diseases and other parasites in the Mediterranean basin.

Dr. Wasmuth received a BSc (Biochemistry) from Imperial College, London, an MRes (Bioinformatics) from the University of York (UK), and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He conducted his postdoctoral training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and National Institutes of Health (USA). Dr. Wasmuth joined the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London and has been awarded the Faculty’s award for Outstanding Graduate Supervision. Dr. Wasmuth uses genomics, bioinformatics to study helminths. The two main themes of his research are: 1) understanding how parasitism evolved and identifying the genomic adaptations involved; and, 2) modelling biochemical pathways of parasites to identify targets for much needed anti-parasitic drugs.

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