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Working Groups

nformation about the recently established Pan Africa Mycology Working Group and the Infocus Latam-Latin American Clincal Mycology working groups is now available in the working group sections in our website.

Mycology news

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you and the ISHAM council that Prof. Johannes Müller has passed away on the 28th of May 2019. Johannes Müller has been a father of medical mycology in Germany, an enthusiastic researcher and an important mentor for many active mycologists. Among many other things, one of his most important legacies is the close relationship of the German-speaking Mycological Society DMykG with other societies in Europe and worldwide. As a consequence, Johannes Müller has not only received the most prestigious awards of the DMykG but has also been recognized internationally on multiple occasions as a past president of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology ISHAM, an Honorary Member of the British Society for Human and Animal Mycology BSMM and a Corresponding Member of the Société Française de Mycologie Médicale.

New ISHAM eLearning Course!

ISHAM has just launched an eLearning course on ‘Diagnostic Medical Mycology’. The main goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive resource for people to learn about diagnostic medical mycology via an online learning platform. At the end of the course, participants should have a good understanding of the range of diagnostic techniques that are currently available, the relative advantages and disadvantages of each of the methods and how the methods can be used in different patient populations and different diseases.

The course consists of 12 modules and includes an overview of fungal diseases and antifungals, the fungal kingdom and an introduction to diagnostic techniques. Each of the diagnostic methods is then covered in detail in individual modules which include identification of yeasts and moulds; direct microscopy, culture and histopathology; antigen detection; antibody detection; molecular diagnosis, antifungal susceptibility testing and approaches to diagnosis in different patient populations. Participants who pass the final course exam will receive a certificate from ISHAM recognising their participation in the course. The course is aimed at anyone with an interest in diagnostic medical mycology who would like to deepen their understanding of the area. With extensive reading lists and bibliographies, textbooks recommendations and a fully linked glossary, the course is ideal for those with limited experience in mycology as well as those who have some experience in this area. Whilst the course cannot replace hands on practical experience, it will hopefully stimulate interest in diagnostic medical mycology and encourage participants to learn more about the area.

Further information can be found by logging into the ISHAM website and going to the Members Area, where you can find out how to access the discount code. If you are an ISHAM member you can register for the course at a substantially discounted price: non-members will pay CHF 75, but ISHAM members only pay CHF15! If you aren’t a member of ISHAM, why not think of joining now? You can also access the course directly at www.isham.scholarlms.com where you will need to create an account and pay the full fee of CHF75 to participate.

Mycology Courses and Conferences (2019)

IX Congresso Brasileiro de Micologia will be held from 24 -27 June in Manaus, Brazil. Further Information can be found here

Molecular Mycology (MOMY): Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis—2019 registration is open! Please register at: http://www.mbl.edu/education/courses/molecular-mycology/ ). The 2019 MOMY course will be held from July 17 to August 2, 2019 at MBL, MA, USA.

The 3rd AIDS-related Mycoses meeting to be held in Cape Town, South Africa in July. At the 2019 meeting, the organisers plan to highlight the continuing problem of advanced HIV and the contribution of mycoses to AIDS deaths. Information in this link.

The Molecular Mycology: Current Approaches to Fungal Pathogenesis will be held in the Marine Biological Laboratory, MA USA from the 17th July to the 2nd August. Information about the course aims can be found in the course website.

The 53nd Scientific Conference of the German speaking Mycological Society (DMykG) e. V. will be held in Mannheim (Germany) from 5 -7 th of September. Please visit the conference website.

9th Trends in Medical Mycology will be held in Nice (France) from the 11th to the 14th of October. TIMM has become an important and essential meeting in the field of fungal infections, a forum in which researchers and clinicians from all over the world present the most important advances and research findings in clinical mycology. TIMM-9 will cover all aspects of mycology with special focus on evidence-based and personalized approach to medical mycology, as well as diagnostic-therapeutic integrative efforts in the quest to improve the present knowledge of epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical course and pathophysiological mechanisms of fungal diseases. It would be the place to present recent innovations in medical mycology. Information can be found at https://www.timm2019.org/

17th INFOCUS - 1st ISHAM Latin America Congress will be held in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, November 14-16 2019. Information can be found in the conference website (https://www.infocuslatam.com.br/sobre_infocus.asp). A message from the organisers can be found below: It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the 17th INFOCUS that this year will run in parallel with the 1st ISHAM Latin America Congress in Salvador, between November 14 and 16, 2017. Over the last 16 years, INFOCUS has become the most comprehensive scientific forum for discussion of Medical Mycology in our region. We are in debt with ISHAM, ICHS and CDC for their excellent contributions to the INFOCUS scientific program as well as for supporting the participation of speakers in our meeting. Along this meeting you will have the opportunity to interact with a large number of opinion leaders and highly qualified speakers from different countries. Our speakers will offer you an overview of the new trends and developments on the field of epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and clinical management of fungal infections highly prevalent in our region.

VII Congreso de Enfermedades Endemoepidémicas (Hospital de Infecciosas Francisco J. Muñiz) will be held from 13 -15 November 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Further Information can be found in the Conference website.

Mycology Courses and Conferences (2020)

9th Advances against Aspergillosis and Mucormycosis—2/27-29/2020 Lugano, Switzerland. New website available! This conference has now clearly established itself as the premier forum for detailed and dedicated discussion of all aspects of Aspergillus infection and research. Beginning with the 8th conference, this conference will now include scientific sessions on mucormycosis pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment.

Supporting Material

The slides from the NIH/ NIAID workshop on Fungal Vaccines will be available on this website.
Antifungal stewardship: a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The Online course MOOC consisting of interactive cases covering the key topics essential for a greater understanding of the importance and challenges of antifungal stewardship. The MOOC will launch in May 2019. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/antifungal-stewardship

ISHAM funding opportunities

Carlyn Halde Fund provides a limited number of memberships for one or two years when circumstances make it difficult for applicants to afford the membership fee. Information can be found in the ISHAM website.
If you are a YISHAM member, check the funding opportunities in the members area in our website. You could be eligible for:

  • Dr Ira F Salkin Memorial Award: The award will recognise the best original publication in Medical Mycology.
  • The Young ISHAM (YISHAM) Training Fellowship. The Fellowship will allow recipients to travel to centres to learn specific techniques and to develop their expertise in medical mycology. Applicants are likely to be MSc, PhD or early post-doctoral workers and, as well are learning specific techniques, it is hoped the Fellowships will stimulate collaborations between groups and institutions.

News from Medical Mycology

Explore articles about the history, epidemiology, and treatment of coccidioidomycosis (also known as Valley Fever) in a recent supplement from Medical Mycology.

News from Medical Mycology Case Reports

On 28th of Feb, Researcher Academy hosted a live webinar on “How to write case reports”. The webinar was organised with the help of publishers and editors of the Medical Mycology Case Reports journal. The speakers were Oliver Kurzai, EiC of Medical Mycology Case Reports journal and the editorial board member, Adilia Warris. The webinar was moderated by Sheba Agarwal and was lively, interactive and very well attended.

Some of the comments that stood out:

“I would like to thank the two speakers, Dr. Oliver Kurzai and Dr. Adilia Warris, for giving us this important and so elegant, quite outstanding speech.”

“Excellent overview. I appreciate the insights about how specialized journals are now encouraging the publication of case reports and that open access is changing the picture in multiple ways.”

If you wish to advertise any meetings, courses, conferences or job vacancies, or have any other mycology-related news, please send the information to webmaster@isham.org and we will try to include it in forthcoming ISHAM newsletters.