University of Tehran and ECOSF co-organized the 2nd the International virtual congress on Medicinal Leech
School of Biology, University of Tehran in collaboration with ECOSF co-organized the 2nd the International virtual congress on Medicinal Leech and Its Applications, from 3rd to 4th March 2021. Prof. Masoumeh Malek an expert in leach farming and management was the Principal Organizer.
The objective of this congress was to provide a common platform for the students, researchers, industry, physicians and policy makers, who hold keen interest in a wide range of subjects related to medicinal leeches and their applications. A large number of scientists, researchers and experts on the subject, including scholars from the ECO Member Countries participated in the conference.
Distinguished scholars shared best practices and country-wide experiences with varying approaches to sustainable exploitation of medicinal leech. The topics of congress cantered around hirudotherapy, hirudiculture, pharmaceutical products, stock assessment and conservation, entrepreneurship, market and export challenges, biotechnology, veterinary hirudotherapy, leech biology, genetics and leech diseases. The conference also raised awareness on overexploitation and illegal trade of medicinal leeches.