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The First Few Quotes Received on the Spring 2006 Meetings: 

"The most unusual and fascinating meeting I ever attended."

Yossef Av-Gay, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia, Canada  on Tuberculosis 2006

"Very enjoyable and stimulating small meeting. Great opportunity for an introductory exploration of rural and city West Africa."

Jeremy M. Sternberg, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK on Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006

Please also read Jerry Sternberg's expertly written conference report on Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006 - the report was written for and is published in the July 2006 edition of The Newsletter of the British Society for Parasitology (

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“I enjoyed this wonderful meeting in the exotic Gambia.  I had the opportunity to meet recognized people in a “familiar” environment.  I would like to highlight the excellent organization of the meeting as well as the never ending help of the organizer to solve every problem before and during our staying in the country.  An unforgettable experience.”

Horacio Bach, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada on Tuberculosis 2006

"A most unusual - and most enjoyable - meeting!  And an eye-opener for those without prior exposure to Africa.  Participants may expect to have their vision of the world a bit shaken.  This made the meeting an exciting "conference with a difference"!  And a "conference with a difference" for still another reason:  no invited speakers, no program, no stress - and yet a meeting of first rate scientific level, thanks to the quality of the participants and of their presentations."

"Dr. England [of Mangosteen] has a wonderful ability to make people at ease and solve the little problems that may arise, both before and during the meeting.  Welcoming each participant at the airport - whatever the time of the flight, day or night: how nice - and helpful!  From the beginning (getting visas, etc.) until the very last moment, always present if you needed a helping hand !

Jacques Mauël, Institute of Biochemistry, Switzerland on Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006

"Everything was very well organized, we had nice lodgings and it was easy for us to get around for meals and sightseeing.  The organizer went out of his way to accomodate different interests very flexibly.  My co-participants were great and the opportunities to interact and discuss with them were unprecedented.  In spite of my reluctance to go - because of the journey, which was just as bad as I expected - I liked the tranquility of Tendaba. You could have the whole meeting there."

Iruka Okeke, Department of Biology, Haverford College, Haverford PA, USA on Bacterial Gastroenteritis 2006

"The Tuberculosis 2006 meeting in The Gambia was fabulous for me because as a relatively small meeting I was able to discuss science with top researchers in the field and with researchers who see tuberculosis every day. The information I learned and the collaborations I was able to set up will prove invaluable. It was remarkable as well to see the resourcefulness of the [locally based] researchers working with so few resources - making their own media from day old eggs etc. In addition, the Gambian people were amazingly friendly and generous with their time."

Sarah Parker, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, USA on Tuberculosis 2006

"From our first contact to now, I should recognize the efforts you [Mangosteen] deployed to let us be informed about the meeting organisation and outcome. As for the organisation per se It was for me the best scientific meeting I ever attended. The meeting was simple, convivial and very informative."

Oumar Diall, ICRISAT-MALI, Bamako, Mali on Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006

“The meeting was a unique and educational opportunity to view the study of enteric pathogens from a different perspective.”

Laura Runyen-Janecky, University of Richmond, USA on Bacterial Gastroenteritis 2006

"The meeting has been well organized. The contact with researchers involved in different aspects of the tuberculosis was really exiting and worthy. Indeed a new collaboration that will be able to enrich our research, is coming on."

"West Africa landscape will remain in our memory."

Mariangela Biava, University "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy on Tuberculosis 2006

"After hearing from the Head of my Department about Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006, I submitted an abstract and it was a nice experience to interact with Dr. Anthony England – the organizer [president of Mangosteen].  He was very cooperative and proactive in helping and clearing all sorts of matters in rapid communication."

"The organization of the meeting was very inimitable by bringing the participants very close to each other, thus, giving a look of a family. The quality of the papers presented was high in terms of currents era and technology. The presenters were eminent scientists in their fields and this meeting really enhanced my vision after listening learned researchers. I really enjoyed science and adventure in West Africa."

“My first participation in an international scientific meeting came true through Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006 with a tasty and unique amalgam of scientific presentations/ interaction and adventure under the auspices of Mangosteen.”

Abdul Jabbar, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan on Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006

"Great and varied discussions on TB: not only a global perspective, but a really multidisciplinary approach too it also."

Alexander Aiken, Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratories, Fajara, The Gambia on Tuberculosis 2006

"The Kinetoplastid diseases meeting was my first travel to Africa and it was really a different experience for me coming from South America.  Although Senegal and Gambia are not easy places to deal with, the organization was very good and allowed us to enjoy our stage helping in any detail."

Alicia Couto, Departamento de Química Orgánica, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales - FCEyN, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina on Kinetoplastid Diseases 2006

"Attending the Tuberculosis conference was a very worthwhile experience.  As an African based researcher it provided me with the opportunity to interact with professionals from both developed and developing countries.  This provided great insight in to tuberculosis research from a range of perspectives.  The informal, but professional programme encouraged discussion that has resulted in us initiating a number of collaborations with other participants.  Additionally, I was impressed by the determined efforts of the organisers to help attendees visit relevant medical institutions, local doctors and generally experience life in a developing African country.  I would recommend anyone with an interest in applying their research knowledge and experience to participate in a Mangosteen conference."

Claire Geoghegan, Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria, South Africa on Tuberculosis 2006

"No doubt I liked the meeting and the quality of presentation was simple best and it was also a great experience for me to discuss the subject with highly experienced scientists like Robert Hunter, Yossef Av-Gay, Thomas Keller and other international scientific community and I would like to say thanks for all these to you."

Rajpal Singh Kashyap, Biochemistry Research Lab, Central India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur, India on Tuberculosis 2006

"An unforgettable experience it was realising that the little we are doing in Nigeria could be appreciated in the greater scientific world."

Anietie E. Moses, Dept. of Immunology, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, Nigeria on Bacterial Gastroenteritis 2006

"Concerning the TB meeting in the Gambia, it was a small group meeting that I found very interesting. I was attending a TB meeting for the first time and I could easily integrate myself to the group. Breaking the ice was so appropriate to start with. Congratulation for the organization!"

Roger Moyou, Cameroon Medical Research Center, Yaounde, Cameroon on Tuberculosis 2006

"I have wanted to go to Africa for longer than I would like to admit.  This was an ideal first experience.  I had such a good time and the added bonus was that the science was good too.  Standing under a baobab at sunset looking at a bushpig's front door, kingfishers, herons, red colobus, the buzz and colour of Banjul. Tremendous!
It was brilliant that you took the time to talk to me directly.  I was very grateful to you for putting me in touch with Claire and Helen so that Dakar overnight was less intimidating.  The overall organization was great, the venue beautiful and I was thrilled to go to Tendaba."

Gilly Dean, TB Research Group, Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA), Weybridge, Surrey, UK on Tuberculosis 2006

"It was a good and essential experience to visit Africa.  Dealing with human pathogens, we ought to have a global perspective when developing diagnostic tools or vaccines.  Thus I was glad to meet people living and working in a different environment but having the same goals.  Also, it was wonderful to meet outstanding scientists from industrialized countries tuned to the same wavelength.

Andreas Kresse, Robert Koch Institut, Berlin, Germany on Bacterial Gastroenteritis 2006

"Tuberculosis 2006 was an excellent meeting, well organized, very innovative, very challenging and most importantly, packaged and delivered in the beautiful and serene little West African City of Banjul. I am certain we are all eagerly looking forward to TB 2008. I hope too, the meeting will take place in The Gambia."

Dozie Ikechukwu, Department of Microbiology, Imo State University Owerri, Nigeria on Tuberculosis 2006

"The meeting offered me an ideal environment to learn about gastroenteritis and the complications been experience globally with all the possible method undertaken towards finding solutions to gastroenteritis infections."

"The talks made on Salmonella enteritidis and on Helicobacter pylori were quite interesting offering new methods to study these organisms and they gave a great background on the molecular epidemiology of these diseases. Attending them was very much worth doing and I think as a laboratory technician at the medical research council, it offered a great exposure to the scientific community and is a great rouse towards my future endeavors."

Lamin Juwara, Medical Research Council Laboratories (MRC), Fajara, The Gambia on Bacterial Gastroenteritis 2006

"Mangosteen provided the opportunity for me to meet quality scientists that shared a passion for their medicine and for the poor. My career has been benefited greatly by my experience at this conference."

"Mangosteen understands the relationship between first world medicine and the third world situation."

Chris Pruet, Armitage Senior Secondary School, JanJanBurreh, The Gambia & the US Peace Corps (& Prospective Medical Student) on Hepatitis 2006

"I enjoyed the meeting."

Olumuyiwa Odusanya, Lagos State University College of Medicine, Nigeria on Hepatitis 2006

"...the conference was important in the sense that it provided an opportunity for scientist from different parts of the world to interact and learning from one another their various approaches towards research on topics associated Bacterial Gastroenteritis. It exposed them to different methods or strategies of carrying out research on important topics like Bacterial Gastroenteritis."

"The conference was organized and conducted well. Thanks."

Jerro Saidykhan, University of The Gambia on Bacterial Gastroenteritis 2006


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Co-organizers: International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC)


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