When parasites and politics meet
26 FEBRUARY 2016
Parasites and public health will be a key point of discussion when a Charles Sturt University (CSU) scientist meets federal politicians in Canberra next week.Senior lecturer in veterinary parasitology at CSU's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Dr Shokoofeh Shamsi is one of 200 scientists invited to take part in the 15th annual Science Meets Parliament on Tuesday 1 March and Wednesday 2 March.The event aims to build links between scientists, politicians and policy makers to inform discussion on scientific issues that underpin Australia's economic, social and environmental well-being."I'm interested in parasites that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Therefore I'm aiming to highlight significance of research on parasites in terms of public health and the sustainable growth of Australian industries and food products," said Dr Shamsi."Regional universities, like Charles Sturt University, play an integral role in producing graduates with the skills to deal with such an important issue."Over the two-day event scientists will meet with Members of Parliament and take part in professional development to help them engage with the policy making process.Dr Shamsi has been nominated by the Australian Society of Parasitology to attend the event.