Medical Malacology Laboratory Workshop

Medical Malacology Laboratory Workshop

Tuesday 13 November 2018


Medical Malacology Laboratory Workshop

Snails as Neurobiological Models, Bioindicators and Intermediate Hosts

Held on

Sunday 4thof November 2018


The Medical Malacology Laboratory at Theodor Bilharz ResearchInstitute (TBRI) organized their first workshop on the 4th of November, 2018. The workshop was entitled “Snails as neurobiological models, bioindicatorsand intermediate hosts" and was held under the patronage of Prof. Dr. WafaaKandeel, the President ofTBRI.


The workshop was attended by 65 researchers from different TBRI departments (Environmental Research,Biochemistry, Parasitology, Immunology, Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, and MedicalMalacology), Egyptian Universities (Mansoura, Menoufia and Al-Azhar Universities) andresearch institutes (National Research Center, Research Institute of Medical Entomology and theNational Organization of Drug Control and Research).


The workshop was arranged withinin the framework of Egypt-US Cooperation Program, implemented by theNational Academy of Sciences (NAS), USA and the Science and Technology Development Fund(STDF), Egypt (project no USC17:188). The Principal Investigators of the project are Dr.Mohamed Habib (Researcher at Medical Malacology Laboratory, TBRI, Egypt) and Dr. MarkMiller (Professor at Anatomy & Neurobiology Department, University of Puerto Rico – San Juan,Puerto Rico, USA). The PIs of the project gave two presentations, where they discussed their collaborative work inthe project.


The workshop addressed many important aspects related to health and ecology;it has highlighted the importance of snails as intermediate hosts for serious parasitic diseases and theimportance of snails' control. Moreover, snails can serveas source for drug discovery (mainly marine snails) and model organisms for understanding theneurobiological mechanisms in higher vertebrates including humans. Being an importantcomponent of the ecosystem, snails can be used as bioindicators to assess the quality of water. In addition, a session has been given aiming to improve the researchers’ skills in preparing and publishing theirmanuscripts in international journals.