The Roy C. Anderson Memorial Lecture in Parasitology

Portrait of Roy C. AndersonPatrick TK Woo: Founder and Organizer (2001 - 2016) 
Cezar Khursigara: Organizer (2017 - present)

The College of Biological Science, U of G is delighted to host and co-sponsor a lecture series to honour our colleague, the late Professor Roy Clayton Anderson. An eminent scholar/scientist will be invited to deliver a public lecture on his/her expertise, and be on our Guelph campus to interact with students, faculty members and staff. Parasitology is defined in its broadest sense and it includes all aspects of microbial, protozoan and metazoan infections in animals and plants.

Briefly, Prof. Anderson had a very productive and stellar career. He had published more than 250 referred papers in journals, and the 2nd. edition of his well-received monograph "Nematode Parasites of Vertebrates: Their Development and Transmission" was published in 2000. Dr. Anderson also edited several books including the CABI taxonomic series "CIH Keys to the Nematode Parasite of Vertebrates". He was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Henry B. Ward Medal (American Society of Parasitologists) and the Robert A. Wardle Award (Canadian Society of Zoologists).

He was active in scientific societies (e.g. President, Canadian Society of Zoologists; President, Wildlife Disease Association), and served on numerous influential committees in the Ontario education system (e.g. Advisory Committee on Academic Planning; Academic Advisory Committee) and in U of G (e.g. Member of Senate; Chair, Committee on Academic Priorities). Prof. Anderson was Acting Dean at the founding of the College of Biological Science, and was Chair of the Department of Zoology before he retired.

Prof. Anderson taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, was research supervisor to 29 graduate students (14 MSc and 15 PhD) and numerous postdoctoral fellows, and hosted many visiting scholars/scientists. He was the inaugural recipient of the Clark P. Read Mentor Award (American Society of Parasitologists), and Senate appointed him University Professor Emeritus after he retired. His dedication to research, to training of young scientists, and to the University was second to none.

The Anderson Lectures/Lecturers are: 


  • 2002. "Nematode Infections: Disease, Drugs and DNA"Dr. Roger K. Prichard, Canadian Pacific Professor of Biotechnology & former Director, Institute of Parasitology, McGill University, Canada
  • 2003. "Neurobiology of Infections in Parasitic Nematodes"Dr. Gerry A. Schad, Professor of Parasitology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  • 2004. "On Antiviral Immunity and Vaccines"Dr. Rolf M. Zinkernagel, Nobel Laureate in Medicine/Physiology, Professor & Head, Institute of Experimental Immunology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2005. "Imported Exotic Infectious Diseases in Canada: Coming to a Neighbourhood Near You"Dr. Jay S. Keystone, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 2006. "H5N1 Avian Influenza Virus: A Real Threat to Animal and Human Health"Dr. Albert D.M.E. Osterhaus, Professor & Head, Department of Virology, Erasmus University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • 2007. "Protective Immunity in Plants Against Pathogens: Interesting Parallels to Innate Immunity in Animals"Dr. Daniel F. Klessig, Senior Scientist, former President & CEO, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Cornell University, USA
  • 2008. "The Bad and Good of Antibiotic Resistance"Dr. Julian E. Davies, Professor Emeritus & former Head, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • 2009. "Sociomicrobiology: Bacterial Communication, Territoriality and Societal Organization "Dr. E. Peter Greenberg, Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, USA
  • 2011. "Immunity to Gastrointestinal Nematodes: Microflora, Macrofauns and Beyond", Dr. Richard K. Grencis, Professor of Immunology, Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK
  • 2013. "Mucosal Immunity and Fish Vaccinology: Insights from a Parasitic Ciliate"Dr. Harry W. Dickerson, Professor of Infectious Diseases, Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, USA
  • 2015. "Assessing the Pandemic Potential of Animal Origin Influenza A Viruses"Dr. Jacquline M. Katz, Deputy Director of the Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA