• Prof. Panagiotis Karanis
  • Prof. Panagiotis Karanis
  • Qinghai University, China
  • Title: The importance of removal of protozoan parasites by the water treatment
  • Abstract:
    Cryptosporidium and Giardia are parasitic protozoa that constitute the leading causes of waterborne enteric disease outbreaks worldwide. Transmission is through the fecal-oral route by a variety of mechanisms, including person-to-person, zoonotic, and consumption of water and food.
    Original water investigations in many countries of the world confirmed the occurrence of Giardia and Cryptosporidium in raw, treated, drinking and waste waters. Water treatment technologies are effective in part to remove the pathogens Giardia and Cryptosporidium during the water treatment process, and if the treatment conditions are optimized. The ‘multi-barrier’ system, consist of slow sand filtration, infiltration, disinfection, sand and activated carbon filtration was found to be the most effective water treatment removal process for these pathogens. However, it is possible that the parasites can evade the filter barriers in the absence of treatment deficiencies and contaminate the drinking water. Cryptosporidium has been recognized in the last years as a dangerous pathogen, because of every year, diarrhea causes the deaths of 800 000 children under five. It seems that the water- and food-borne transmission route of Cryptosporidium and Giardia to humans via the dissemination of (oo)cysts through surface water and its epidemiological impact is now more significant than previously believed.
    The purpose of this presentation is to call attention that research must be done as an intergrated system of ecological, epidemiological, technological and methodological expertise related to water sources protection and to reduce the input of the dormant stages of the pathogens into the raw water which is used for drinking water preparation. Furthermore, the control of infectious diseases in association with climatic changes should be an intergrated system of the drinking water preparation.
  • Biography:

    Prof. Panagiotis Karanis obtained his PhD in Parasitology from Bonn University. Following post-doctoral research activities in Germany, Greece, Australia, Japan, Kanada, Thailand and China he has been working in the field of medical, epidemiological and molecular Parasitology taken into account both the pathogen and the disease.

    He completed his habilitation at Bonn Medical School in Germany and got professorships in Japanese, German and Chinese Universities Universities (National Research for Protozoan Diseases at the Obihiro University/Japan, Cologne Medical School/Germany/ and Qinghai University/China). He has an outstanding academic background, excellent publication record with almost 100 original peer review articles in journals related to Parasitology and Tropical Diseases and he has significant teaching experiences in the fields of Medical Parasitology, Tropical Diseases and Anatomy. He has authored a couple of book chapters.

    His worldwide research activities focused in the control of water-borne and vector-borne parasitic diseases including the development of diagnostic assays useful for basic and clinical platforms in the field of biomedicine. He was the main speaker of the Nobel-Days-Lecture during the Nobel-Days-Festivities at the Örebro University in Sweden in December 10th, 2012, focused on Malaria vaccine development.

    Prof. Karanis is an influential and most prominent Greek Parasitologist, having had fundamental role in triggering the interest of the German, Greek, Japanese, and Chinese governments for research contributions on water-borne parasitic diseases and their control in many countries. He founded in 2000 the German-Greek Academy for Biomedicine and he is looking forward to make the best use of existing skills and experiences; to provide worldwide opportunities for further responsibility and professional development on diagnostic assays for next generation biosensors and bio-detection techniques to control pathogens and most important infectious diseases.

Important Dates
April 13-15, 2016
Paper or Abstract Submission Due:
December 8, 2015  >> February 25, 2016
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