USC to host Australian Chlamydia Conference

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USC to host Australian Chlamydia Conference


Published on 21 November 2014

International leaders in human and animal chlamydia research will be among the speakers at the biennial Australian Chlamydia Conference to be held, for the first time, at USC on 26 and 27 November.

Experts from Switzerland, Canada, Italy and the United States will join Australia’s top chlamydia experts to present the latest research on various strains of the disease that affect humans, koalas and a range of other animals, including livestock.

More than 100 delegates have registered for the 2014 Australian Chlamydia Conference that is being hosted by USC and sponsored by Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP).

USC academics Professor Peter Timms and Dr Adam Polkinghorne (pictured) have organised the conference that will feature almost 40 presentations of cutting-edge research.

Topics will cover a wide range of areas, including: the implications of chlamydia for women who require IVF to conceive; a non-sexually transmitted type of chlamydia that infects up to 80 percent of humans and causes respiratory infections; and the genetic relationships between chlamydial infections in koalas and Australian cattle and sheep.

The conference will be attended by clinicians, academics from Queensland University of Technology, University of Technology Sydney, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, Murdoch University, University of Newcastle and USC, staff from EHP and Queensland Health, wildlife carers and volunteers.

The first day of the event will focus on research into chlamydia in humans and the second on chlamydia in animals, particularly koalas.

— Terry Walsh

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