The society was founded in 1993 with the aims of advancing the study of parasitology, facilitating communication with those interested in parasitology, promoting the dissemination of information and development of resources for teaching and research in parasitology.
The key activity of the ISP is the annual scientific meeting and AGM, which is an opportunity to share research results and network with members of the Irish parasitology community. Postgraduate research students are especially encouraged to present their work and an award is given annually for the top student presentation.
The next meeting is provisionally scheduled for 3-4 May 2018 and is a joint meeting with the BSPP, Belgian Society of Parasitology and Protistology and the EVPC. This joint meeting will be held in Brussels, Belgium.
The members of the Irish Society for Parasitology were deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Michael and Marjorie Cawdery, both aged 83, at their home in Portadown, Co Armagh on 26th May 2017. Michael was a retired veterinary surgeon who trained at Trinity College Dublin (1950-55) and went on to enjoy a very successful research career, including a scholarship at the London School of Tropical Medicine (1955-56) and a FAO fellowship at the University of Würzburg and the University of Florida (1962). He then worked as Principal Research Officer at Teagasc Ireland (formerly An Foras Taluntais) from 1965 until his retirement in 1989. Amongst other research interests, Michael published several papers on Fasciola hepatica, including the production effects on beef cattle, the impact on ewe fertility, the economic implications of fascioliasis, and methods for estimating the incidence of infection based on climate. Michael was involved in the early stages of the formation of ISP and very helpful in linking with a prior generation of researchers. The society would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family at this very sad time.