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Pathogens Webinar | Felid Parasitoses, New Insights and Open Perspective

15 Nov 2021, 15:00 (CET)

Feline, Parasites, Nematodes, Lung, Cardiovascular, Nervous System, Extraintestinal, Cardiopulmonary, Neurology
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Welcome from the Chair

5th Pathogens Webinar

Felid Parasitoses, New Insights and Open Perspective

Driven by some of the topics covered in Pathogens Special Issue "Felid Parasitoses, New Insights and Open Perspectives", this Webinar aims at summarizing new insights about important extra-intestinal parasites of cats. Lungworms (Aelurostrongylus abstrusus, Troglostrongylus brevior, Capillaria aerophila), cardio-vascular nematodes (Dirofilaria immitis, Angiostrongylus chabaudi), and nematodes affecting the central nervous system (Gurltia paralysans) of cats, have gained augmented scientific interest during the last years, as new data regarding their transmission, distribution, clinical impact, diagnosis and treatment have come to light. In this Webinar, the latest information covering these issues will be presented in the following talks:
- "Epizootiology of Feline Cardio-Pulmonary Parasites: Distribution, Trends and the Role of Wild Hosts and Environmental Changes" by Dr. Dimitris Dimzas
- "Latest Insights on Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Feline Cardio-Pulmonary Parasites" by Dr. Simone Morelli
- "Gurltia paralysans: A Neglected Disease in Felines" by Prof. Dr. Marcelo Gómez.

Date: 15 November 2021

Time: 3:00pm CET | 9:00am EST | 10:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 841 7798 0185

Webinar Secretariat: pathogens.webinar@mdpi.com

Chair

Laboratory of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Introduction
Bio
Anastasia Diakou, DVM, PhD, is a Full Professor of Veterinary Parasitology and Animal Parasitic Diseases and holds an academic position since 2001. Her main scientific interests are related to the parasites and parasitic diseases of dogs, cats and wildlife, and their implications to public health. To date, she has (co-)authored >120 scientific publications and chapters in books, and she has participated with >140 presentations/talks in national and international scientific congresses. Apart from the veterinary pre-graduate teaching she also teaches in post-graduate programs designed for veterinarians and medical doctors, has supervised/co-supervised 12 doctoral/master theses and has been invited to speak/teach in 18 meetings/seminars.

Invited Speakers

Laboratory of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Introduction
Bio
Dimitris Dimzas, DVM, MSc is an officer-veterinarian in the Greek Army. He is a PhD student in the area of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases. He is interested on parasites and parasitic diseases of domestic animals (mainly dogs and cats), and wildlife, specially under the prism of the One Health concept. He has participated in national and international research projects on the field of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases and announced the results in national and international scientific conferences and peer reviewed journals.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Teramo, Italy

Introduction
Bio
Simone Morelli is a D.V.M and currently a Ph.D. student in Veterinary Medical Sciences, Public Health and Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Teramo. He has participated in various national and international scientific research projects; in 2016 he received a student scholarship from the European Federation of Parasitologists for the participation in the XII European Multicolloquium of Parasitology, and since 2018, he has been a member of the Italian Society of Parasitology. He is a reviewer for different peer-reviewed international scientific journals with an impact factor and, for some, he is a member of the review board. In 2019, he received a research fellowship at the VetMedUni-Vienna. His current research activities are focused on vector-borne diseases and nonintestinal parasitoses of companion animals. Simone is co-author of around 70 scientific publications, including 40 papers published in peer-reviewed international scientific journals with an impact factor.

Institute of Pharmacology and Morphophysiology, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Austral University of Chile (UACh), Valdivia, Chile

Introduction
Bio
Marcelo Gómez, DVM, PhD (Virginia Tech, 2005), is a full Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Neurology at UACh since 1996. His main topics of research interest are focus on comparative morphology, veterinary neurology, and neuroparasites in domestic animals. He has published more than 40 scientific articles on these topics and collaborated in several book chapters. He is actively involved in clinical teaching and research relating areas of his fields and supervises undergraduate and postgraduate (Master/PhD) students at UACh.

Webinar Content

The fifth webinar of the MDPI journal Pathogens, entitled “Felid Parasitoses, New Insights and Open Perspective”, was held on Monday 15 November 2021. In the field of the ever-expanding knowledge on parasitology and parasitic diseases, this webinar provided the latest information on important extra-intestinal nematode parasites of felids. Transmission patterns, distribution trends, host affiliations, the role of climate and environment changes, the clinical impact, clinical presentation, accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and prevention for Aelurostrongylus abstrusus, Troglostrongylus brevior, Capillaria aerophila, Angiostrongylus chabaudi, Dirofilaria immitis and Gurltia paralysans, were presented.

The webinar was chaired by Prof. Dr. Anastasia Diakou from the Laboratory of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. The first speaker to kick off the webinar was Dr. Dimitris Dimzas who presented his research on the epizootiology of feline cardio-pulmonary parasites. Dr. Simone Morelli followed with a presentation on the latest insights on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of feline cardio-pulmonary parasites. The last speaker was Prof. Dr. Marcelo Gómez and gave a presentation about Gurltia paralysans, which is a neglected disease in felines.

The webinar was offered via Zoom, and registration was required for attendance. The full recording can be found below. To stay updated on upcoming Pathogens webinars organized by MDPI, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CET

Prof. Dr. Anastasia Diakou

Chair Introduction

3:00 - 3:10 pm

Dr. Dimitris Dimzas

Epizootiology of Feline Cardio-Pulmonary Parasites: Distribution, Trends and the Role of Wild Hosts and Environmental Changes

3:10 - 3:40 pm

Q&A

3:40 - 3:45 pm

Dr. Simone Morelli

Latest Insights on Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Feline Cardio-Pulmonary Parasites

3:45 - 4:15 pm

Q&A

4:15 - 4:20 pm

Dr. Marcelo Gómez

Gurltia paralysans: A Neglected Disease in Felines

4:20 - 4:50 pm

Q&A

4:50 - 4:55 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Anastasia Diakou

4:55 - 5:00 pm

Relevant SI

Felid Parasitoses, New Insights and Open Perspectives
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Donato Traversa, Dr. Anastasia Diakou & Dr. Simone Morelli
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2021)

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