Dear Colleagues

The WHO ColIaborating Centre for Leishmaniasis at the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, Geneva have joined efforts to co-organize the WorldLeish-6 Congress. On behalf of the WorldLeish Committee, it is a great pleasure and privilege to invite you to the WorldLeish-6 Congress to be held in Toledo, Spain, from 16 to 20 May 2017.

Previous WorldLeish Congresses have been held in Istanbul (1997), Crete (2001), Palermo (2005), Lucknow (2009), and Porto de Galinhas (2013). The Scientific Programme of the upcoming Congress will address issues ranging from molecules to disease control, with the patient as the main focus. The agenda will feature contemporary lectures, hot-topic sessions, and satellite symposia covering the latest developments on leishmaniasis. The educational programme of the Congress will strike a balance between the needs of basic research and clinical issues. We are taking great care in designing a programme that caters to young scientists through fostering scientific exchange, presentations, awards, and social activities.

The cultural programme also promises to be appealing, and will highlight Toledo's fascinating culture and history. Successively a Roman municipality, the capital of the Visigoth Kingdom, a fortress of the Umayyad Emirate of Cordoba, and once the capital of Spain under the Emperor Charles V, Toledo is unique. In 1986, Toledo was made a World Heritage City by UNESCO. The city has made remarkable contributions to humankind, namely, the Councils between the IV and VIII centuries with definitive implications for the history of Spain and Europe; the creation and work of the Toledo School of Translators in the XII and XIII centuries, opening Europe to the values of the Neo-Plato Aristotelianism, and hosted the dramatic and expressionistic paintings of El Greco (Crete,1541-Toledo, 1614).
The Spanish hospitality and cuisine are even more remarkable in the city of Toledo, which is Spain’s gastronomic capital of for 2016. Its close proximity to Madrid facilitates access from the international airport, but also provides many opportunities for pre- or post-congress visits to the capital. Other UNESCO World Heritage cities like Avila, Segovia, Cuenca, or Salamanca are less than 200 km from Toledo. The brand new ‘El Greco Congress Conference Centre’ has all modern facilities and is five minutes from the historical landmarks of Toledo. More than 4000 rooms in all category hotels are at a walking distance to the congress centre, most hotels offer a friendly environment for socializing in the evenings.

The School of Translators was not created by chance: for more than two centuries, Toledo offered an environment of peaceful coexistence among Christians, Muslims, and Jews, attracting intellectuals that made the city flourish. Since then, Toledo became known as ‘the city of three cultures’, and the title remains to this day. Next year Toledo will continue in this spirit as, with the WorldLeish-6 Congress humbly contributing to a better world by providing an international forum for sharing scientific values, knowledge, and research for the benefit of patients around the world. Indeed, during WorldLeish-6, Toledo will be true to its multicultural spirit of knowledge and understanding.

Once again, on behalf of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative and of the Organizing Committee, we would like to invite you to WorldLeish-6 Congress. We sincerely believe that you will enjoy both the scientific and cultural aspects of the programme, and the pleasure of springtime in Toledo.

We look forward to personally welcoming you to Toledo in May, 2017!

Jorge Alvar (chair) & Javier Moreno (co-chair)


Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 Room 5
9:30-10:30 Opening Ceremony
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Signal Transduction in Leishmaniasis Leishmaniasis Epidemiology & Control: Biological Inputs Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B The present and future of VL treatment
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 New Methods for gene and genome editing Operational Research Drug Resistance
15:00 – 16:00 Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B
16:30 – 19:00 Poster Presentation
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
16:00-19:00 Satellite Symposia
Human leishmaniasis
Canine leishmaniasis
Symposium: A Road Map for Oral Drugs
Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 Room 5
8:30-9:30 Plenary Talk: How Leishmania is killed, how Leishmania kills
9:30-10:30 Molecular Retooling in Macrophage - Parasite Interactions Tools to understand Epidemiology and Asymptomatic Infection Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B Non-Invasive Field adapted Tools (and Biomarkers) for VL Diagnosis and Test of Cure
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Myeloid Subsets in the Macrophage-leishmania Outcome Sandfly-leishmania Interactions Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B Immunosuppression and Leishmaniasis
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Microbiome Outbreak Assessment & Surveillance VL Drug Discovery
15:00-16:00 Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B
16:30 – 19:00 Poster Presentation
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
16:00-19:00 Satellite Symposia
Human leishmaniasis: Fuenlabrada outbreak
Canine leishmaniasis
Symposium: Consensus for Preclinical Vaccine Assay Standardisation
Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 Room 5
8:30-9:30 Plenary Talk: Can VL be eliminated in the Indian Subcontinent?
9:30-10:30 T cells response in the protection and pathology of leishmaniasis New Vector Control Measures Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B Diagnosis of Dermal Leishmaniasis: Limitations and Challenges
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Molecular Basis on Virulence and Tropism What´s new on Reservoirs? Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B CL Treatment & Pipeline Drugs
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Advances in Immunopathology WHO Control Programs MCL & DCL
15:00-16:60 Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B
16:30 – 19:00 Poster Presentation
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
16:00-19:00 Satellite Symposia
Human leishmaniasis
Canine leishmaniasis
Symposium: Consensus for Preclinical Drug Assay Standardisation
Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 Room 5
8:30-9:30 Plenary Talk: Conflicts and Leishmaniasis
9:30-10:30 Population Genetics New technologies in epidemiology and control of leishmaniasis Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B Advances in Immunotherapy
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Bioimaging Leishmaniasis Vaccine Pipeline Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B Physical Methods & Natural (phyto) Products for CL Treatment
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Delivery Systems for Drugs and Vaccines Quantitative Studies of Leishmaniasis Transmission & Control PKDL
15:00-16:00 Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B
16:30 – 19:00 Poster Presentation
17:00 – 17:30 Coffee Break
16:00-19:00 Satellite Symposia
Human leishmaniasis
Canine leishmaniasis
Symposium: Advocating for the Future
Room 1 Room 2 Room 3 Room 4 Room 5
8:30-9:30 Plenary Talk: Access to Treatment
9:30-10:30 Challenges on Implementation and Development of Clinical Trials Platforms for Research & Control Oral presentations: Session A Oral presentarions: Session B Canine Leishmaniasis: Where do we stand?
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Awards

Posters will be exhibited during the entire duration of the congress with daily replacement


Deadline for abstract submission: December 16, 2016. The submission of abstracts has finished




WORLD LEISH Scientific


Ad hoc Scientific


Spanish Scientific


Organizers Scientific

Committee (DNDi, ISCIII)


To accompany this major event, the WL6 Scientific Community, in partnership with PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS ONE, call for research papers to be submitted for consideration for a WorldLeish-6 Collection.

The WL6 Scientific Committee has identified a series of major topics that will provide the background to the main scientific sessions during the congress, and the organizers would like to celebrate a Jubilee of Leishmaniasis by inviting the scientific community to submit papers addressing "hot" topics within the major areas selected.

Drs. Jorge Alvar and Javier Moreno (chair and co-chair of the WL-6 conference respectively) will act as the PLOS Collection Curators and as such will choose the articles to be included alongside their accompanying editorial.

Submissions can be made to PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, PLOS Pathogens or PLOS ONE . Those articles which are accepted for publication will be included in a rolling collection on Leishmaniasis – papers will not be held for coordinated publication, as PLOS and the WL6 Scientific Committee do not want to delay the release of important research in this field.

From those papers accepted to the collection, DNDi will award prizes to 20 researchers at WL6. The WL6 Scientific Committee will decide which papers receive the prizes, which are intended to help fund the publication of future research in this field.

The WL6 leishmanisasis collection was launched in December 2016 and is ongoing http://collections.plos.org/worldleish6#section-world-leish-6

For more information, read the PLOS Collections Blog, or contact collections@plos.org



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The early registration fee has been extended to February 20, 2017
Early registration
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Last minute registration
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Regular Registration 350 € 400 € 490 €
Students* 180 € 230 € 335 €
Accompanying person** 200 € 250 € 250 €
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* Student fee applies to full time students and a copy of the University registration must be emailed to the Technical Secretariat registration@worldleish2017.org Please take into account that Postdoct students and PhD candidates with an income are not considered students, even though work is conducted at a University.

** Accompanying person registration doesn’t include access to sessions or lectures.
- Admittance to all lectures
- Congress bag
- Final Programme
- Daily coffee breaks
- Welcome reception
- Certificate of attendance
- Abstracts book


Registrations will not be processed without payment. Full payment in euros should be received before the corresponding deadline; otherwise, the preferential rate will not be granted.

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Payment by credit card is preferred. For online registration please log on the website. It is advisable for the registrant, prior to registering, to check with their credit card provider or bank, since many debit or credit cards have some limitations with regards to international transactions, require a previous authorization for the payment to be made, or the like.

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Participants paying by bank transfer are requested to send a copy of the bank transfer to the organizing secretariat by fax or by e-mail.


Refund of registration fees -30% administrative charge will be granted if the cancellation is notified in written to GRUPO GEYSECO S.L. prior until March 1, 2017. After this date, the refund can NOT be returned for cancellation. All refunds will be paid after the congress.


Any modification or cancellation in hotel bookings has to be notified in writing to the organizing secretariat prior to March 1, 2017. 30% administrative charge will be applied for any modification or cancellation. After this date, no modification is possible and no refund can be made for cancellations. All refunds will be made after the congress. Hotel booking will not be accepted without corresponding payment
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Hotel Cigarral el bosque 5*

C/ Carretera de Navalpino 49, Toledo
2,1km from the Venue

Hotel Abad Toledo 3*

C/ Real del Arrabal, 1, Toledo
350m from the Venue

Hotel Carlos V 3*

C/ Plaza Horno Magdalena s/n, Toledo
350m from the Venue

Hotel Pintor El Greco 4*

C/ Alamillos del tránsito, 13 - Toledo
1km from the Venue

Hotel Beatriz de Toledo 4*

C/ Concilios de Toledo s/n - Toledo
4,3km from the Venue

Hotel San Juan de los Reyes 4*

C/ Reyes Católicos, 5 - Toledo
1,2km from the Venue

Hotel NH Hesperia 4*

C/ Marqués de Medigorría,. 8- 12, Toledo
1,1km from the Venue

Hotel Eurostars 4*

C/ Pseo. San Eugenio, sn - Toledo
1,8km from the Venue

Hotel AC Toledo 4*

C/ Ctra. De Circunvalación, 15 - Toledo
2,6km from the Venue

Hostal Toledo

Avda. de Castilla la Mancha, 30, 45003, Toledo
1,7km from the Venue

Hotel Alfonso VI 4*

C/ Cuesta de los Capuchinos, 2, 45001, Toledo
700m from the Venue

Hostal Palacios

C/Navarro Ledesma, 1, 45001, Toledo
600m from the Venue

Hotel Mayoral 3*

Avda. de Castilla la Mancha, 3, 45003, Toledo
900m from the Venue

Hotel María Cristina 3*

C/ Marqués de Mendigorria, 1, 45003, Toledo
1,1km from the Venue

Hostal Alfonso XII

C/ Alfonso XII, 18, 45002, Toledo
800m from the Venue

Hotel Toledo Imperial 3*

C/ Horno de los bizcochos, 5, 45001, Toledo
400m from the Venue

Hotel Casona de la Reyna 3*

C/Carreras de San Sebastián, 26, 45002, Toledo
1,2km from the Venue

Hotel Real de Toledo 3*

C/Real del Arrabal, 4, 45003, Toledo
400m from the Venue


Toledo Conference Centre El Greco

Calle Venancio González, 24, 45001 Toledo
The Toledo Congress Centre is just 70 km from Madrid (Spain).
It is the perfect setting for your events, right in the historical centre of Toledo.

How to reach to the Toledo Congress Centre from Madrid:



The nearest airport to Todelo is Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD).  Toledo it is very close to Madrid (70 Km) and Barajas International Airport (80 Km).


In just 50 min. you can get to Toledo by motorway from Madrid Barajas International Airport, taking the M-40 or A-42 (Highway Toledo). GPS: 39.861988º N , 4.017735º W.


Buses Madrid-Toledo-Madrid run every 30 minutes daily with a journey time of 55 minutes. Check the schedule here
For a direct bus from Madrid Barajas International Airport to Toledo, consult here


Twenty-two fast trains (AVE) daily link Toledo with Madrid (Puerta de Atocha) in just 25 minutes, communicating with the other national fast speed lines and international rail lines.


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In order to make the WorldLeish 6 Congress as accessible as possible to people from resource-limited settings, and in a bid to support the professional development of a new generation of scientists from endemic countries in the fight against leishmaniasis, the 100 STUDENTS INITIATIVE PROGRAMME will provide financial assistance to help people who would otherwise be unable to attend because of travel and registration costs.

Even though every attempt will be made to assist as many applicants as possible, we regret that there were only a limited amount of scholarships available. The programme will support the costs for between 80 and 120 eligible participants from all continents, particularly those coming from low- and middle-income countries.

Successful applicants will receive financial support for travel and/or accommodation costs and will also benefit from registration to the Congress.

Am I eligible?

Those eligible for 100 STUDENTS INITIATIVE PROGRAMME Initiative include students and young scientists (less than 35 years of age) whose abstracts are accepted as first author for WL6 and that can demonstrate the need for financial support in order to attend the Congress.

How should I apply?

Candidates are welcome to apply through the Congress secretariat by email (secretariat@worldleish2017.org), attaching the following documents:

Curriculum vitae: The CV should be 2 pages maximum and include qualifications, key papers or research topic, main supervisor (if applicable) and title and number of accepted abstract (this number is given automatically when the abstract submission process is completed).

Students: Students must prove their status by providing a copy of a certificate issued by the institution where they are enrolled. Post-doc students must prove there is no contractual relationship with their institutions in order to benefit from a student status.

Motivation letter: A one page document where the applicant should explain the reasons why he/she hopes to attend the congress, how their organisation will benefit from their attendance and demonstrate the financial need.

Letter of recommendation: This is a one-page recommendation letter written by the research supervisor, mentor or teacher. This letter must be reviewed and approved by the candidate´s institution.

How is my application reviewed?

A 100 STUDENTS INITIATIVE PROGRAMME review committee composed of members from DNDi and ISCIII, the two institutions organizing the WL6 Congress, will review applications. The WL6 chair and co-chair, the WL6 organizing committee, the event coordinator and the directors of DNDi´s regional offices in Asia, Latin America and Africa will be part of the committee.
Candidates will be selected based on their professional career, country of residence and/or work, institution or organization funding the candidate´s research, candidate´s political and social context and personal circumstances. A balanced gender and geographical distribution of grants is a key element of 100 STUDENTS INITIATIVE programme.

What is the deadline?

Applications will open on 15th October 2016 and end on 15th January 2017 Selected candidates will be contacted individually by the end of January 2017. Their names and countries will be published as part of the Congress information pack.


General WorldLeish6 Information

Can I ask for a grant?


When and where does WorldLeish6 occur?

WorldLeish6 will take place at Toledo Conference Center, in Spain, from 16th to 20th May, 2017.

What languages are spoken?

The official language of the Conference is English.

How long does it take to get to Toledo?

Toledo Conference Center is 38 minutes away from Madrid-Barajas Airport, and only 28 minutes if you use the train.

How do I register?

Please, go to register and complete the form given.

When can I register?

There are several fees in relation to the registration date. Early Registration Fee: Until January 15th, 2017
Late Registration Fee: After January 15th, 2017
Last-Minute Registration Fee: From May 1st, 2017

How do I make changes to my congress registration?

Please, write an e-mail to: registration@worldleish2017.org

Hotels & Travel

Should I wait to book hotel and airline reservations in case prices come down?

Prices may come down just before the congress begins, but they can also get higher, so we recommend you to book the flight as soon as you see any affordable price. Regarding the hotels, it is possible to book the room during the registration process. We have a great offer from all the local hotels and can help you and are pretty sure that the prices will not come down, so... the sooner, the better!

Must I book the hotel through the Congress Registration form, or can I do it myself through other webpages?

We recommend you to book the hotel room through our system, because it is easier and more quickly, but you can do it however you prefer.

How do I get an international visa invitation letter?

During the registration process, please do not forget to mark the checkbox next to the text “Should you request a VISA to be issued to enter the country, please click this box” Oral and Poster Communications

When is the deadline for abstract submission?

November 30th, 2016

How can I send my abstract?

You can register and create a user, and then go to the application process at: The online system is already open. Please go to ABSTRACTS and submit yours.

I have forgotten my password, what can I do?

Please send an e-mail to our Technical Secretariat at: abstracts@worldleish2017.org

I submitted a proposal in the call for papers process. When will I be notified if I was chosen to speak?

In January 2017 you will receive an e-mail regarding your communication’s acceptance as poster or oral communication.