Kinetoplastid cell biology and genetics, from the 2020 British Society for Parasitology Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis symposium, Granada, Spain

Parasitology. 2021 Sep;148(10):1119-1124. doi: 10.1017/S0031182021000998. Epub 2021 Jun 14.


The British Society for Parasitology (BSP) holds a biannual symposium devoted to the kinetoplastids, and seeks to cover the full gamut of research into these important organisms, and alternates with the Woods Hole Kinetoplastid Molecular Cell Biology meeting that serves a similar community. While normally embedded within the main BSP Spring meeting, on several occasions the symposium has enjoyed the opportunity of being hosted on mainland Europe. In 2020, the BSP was fortunate to spend some time in Granada in Spain, where a superb meeting with excellent science in a spectacular setting was overshadowed by news of an emerging novel coronavirus. In this editorial, we hope to have captured some of that excellent science and to highlight aspects of the many great papers and reviews in this special issue, as well as provide a few images from the meeting, which we hope for this who attended will bring back some fond memories.

Keywords: Disease mechanisms; Leishmania; Trypanosoma; evolution; kinetoplastid; mRNA processing; meeting report; mode of action; molecular parasitology; nuclear functions; nuclear structure; proteolysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Leishmaniasis*
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Spain
  • Trypanosomiasis*