American Society of Parasitologists
|Formation||December 30, 1924|
|Founder||William Walter Cort and Henry Baldwin Ward|
|Founded at||Washington, DC|
|Type||501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership corporation|
|Susan L. Perkins|
|John M. Hawdon|
|Gerald W. Esch|
|Subsidiaries||Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists (AMCOP), The Helminthological Society of Washington (HELMSOC), Northern California Parasitologists (NCP), New England Association of Parasitologists (NEAP), Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists (RMCP), Southern California Society of Parasitologists (SCSP), Southeastern Society of Parasitologists (SSP), and Southwestern Association of Parasitologists (SWAP)|
Founded in 1924, the American Society of Parasitologists comprises a diverse group of about 700 scientists from academia, industry, and government involved in the study and teaching of the scientific discipline of parasitology. Society members contribute to the development of parasitology as a discipline, as well as to primary research in behavior, biochemistry, ecology, immunology, medicine, molecular biology, physiology, systematics, and other related fields of science.
The Mission of the American Society of Parasitologists is to constantly improve understanding of parasites, parasitic diseases, and parasitism on a global basis and to disseminate this knowledge worldwide. This mission is achieved by providing opportunities for all scientists to publish their original findings in the Society's bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, the Journal of Parasitology., and to present and discuss new information at the Society's annual meeting, in the ASP's Newsletter, through the ASP's Public Advocacy Network, or in discussion groups on the internet. ASP aims to educate parasitologists via their Web Page  and other educational media produced by the Society. To meet the goal of remaining a strong focus of scientific exchange across the broad discipline of parasitology, ASP actively seeks and supports new research areas and new members, and strives to retain current members, as well as encourage and support the continued existence of highly specialized areas of research in parasitology.
Recognizing that parasitism is the most common form of existence, and that parasites and the diseases they can cause affect the health, development, and evolution of free-living animals and plants, the American Society of Parasitologists seeks to foster the advancement of knowledge in all areas of parasitism. Understanding the value of this knowledge and the responsibility given to the ASP as a result of understanding parasitism, the ASP seeks to disseminate this knowledge to all who have need of it through outreach programs with educational systems, governmental, public, and private agencies, as well as during scientific meetings. To do this, ASP is dedicated to the perpetuation of all areas of the discipline that is parasitology.
The American Society of Parasitologists is supported by 8 regional affiliates: Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists (AMCOP), The Helminthological Society of Washington (HELMSOC), Northern California Parasitologists (NCP) , New England Association of Parasitologists (NEAP), Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists (RMCP), Southern California Society of Parasitologists (SCSP), Southeastern Society of Parasitologists (SSP), and Southwestern Association of Parasitologists (SWAP). Each affiliate has its own members, leadership structure, and holds their own annual meetings.
The next ASP meeting will be held 21–24 June 2018 in Cancun, Mexico.
- American Society of Parasitologists: What is ASP?, http://amsocparasit.org/
- American Society of Parasitologists: Journal Overview, http://amsocparasit.org/journal/overview, accessed 29 Oct 2012.
- Newsletter of the American Society of Parasitologists, http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/parasitologynews/
- Official twitter account for the American Society of Parasitologists, https://twitter.com/amsocparasit?lang=en
- Official Facebook Page of the American Society of Parasitologists, https://www.facebook.com/groups/122311337389/
- Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists, http://www.amcop.org/
- The Helminthological Society of Washington, http://www.helmsoc.org
- Northern California Parasitologists, http://www.norcalparasitologists.org/about.html
- New England Association of Parasitologists Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/NewEnglandAssociationOfParasitologists/
- Rocky Mountain Conference of Parasitologists, http://sites.coloradocollege.edu/rmcp/
- Southeastern Society of Parasitologists, http://www.thessp.org/
- Southwestern Association of Parasitologists, http://science.peru.edu/SWAP/
- American Society of Parasitologists: 2018 ASP Annual Meeting, http://amsocparasit.org/node/150/