I am extremely appreciative of this recognition as the Clark Phares Read Mentorship 2020 awardee bestowed by the American Society of Parasitologists: Thank you. I thank Dr. Susan Perkins for championing my nomination, and I am grateful to those colleagues and trainees who provided letters of support to accompany the nomination, and especially to Dr. André Buret (University of Calgary) for his introductory comments to this award: Thank you all. To join the past recipients of this award, all luminaries in their respective areas of parasitology, is humbling and a singular honor.

This award delights me because while my passion is parasitology, many of the trainees in my laboratory chose to focus their attention on gut physiology and mucosal immunology, which did not involve Hymenolepis diminuta, the rat tapeworm and my parasite of choice, but they all marvelled at the host-parasite interaction....

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