ISHAM NEWS! (1-11-2011)

Dear ,  The ISHAM Congress in Berlin, Germany is rapidly approaching! Dates are June 11-15, 2012; put this in your agenda. Berlin is a world metropole, with a very impressive history. Many great places to visit, see for example here. Everywhere there are trendy cafes, musical pubs and fancy restaurants serving anything between Bratwurst and Sushi, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Despite its global importance the city is not expensive at all. Reasonable hotels for young people can be found even in Berlin-Mitte near the congress centre for less than 40 €, and a decent dinner does not need to cost more than 12 €. The city is highly recommended, also for those with modest salaries. But if you can afford a bit more, there are many unique places to stay, like the Arte Luise Kunsthotel, Hotel Concorde in the heart of the city, and numerous other stylish hotels. Nearby you may see Simon Rattle in action with the Berliner Philharmoniker, or visit the Museum Island or other cultural highlights representing all aspects of international art, which are all within walking distance.

ISHAM will launch a new journal, Medical Mycology Case Reports (MMCR) as of March 1, 2012. MMCR will be an online journal (see here) devoted to the publication of case reports that concern unusual medical or veterinary fungal infections.  Submissions will be peer reviewed and those accepted for publication will be freely available (open access) on SciVerseScienceDirect and published, in many instances, within fifteen (15) days of receipt by the journal. MMCR will have its own and separate editorial board and will be supported and published by Elsevier. ISHAM members will be notified regularly about its contents.

The next Central European Symposium on Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance (CESAR) will be organized in Primosten, Croatia, 23-26 September, 2012. The meeting is supported by FEMS, where also information can be obtained; the website is not active yet.

The 5th International Conference on Molecular Mechanisms of Fungal Cell Wall Biogenesis will be held in Primosten, Croatia, 6-9 June, 2012. The webside provides all information.

The ISHAM Scedosporium Working Group has published a special issue of the journal Mycoses, edited by G.S. de Hoog, O.A. Cornely and M. Lackner, with nine articles on diverse aspects of Scedosporium, from virulence factors to epidemiology. A free download can be sent upon request from the Scedosporium Working Group Council.

The 30th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, May 8-12, 2012. There is also a mycology section. For information, click here.

For information on the MSc/Postgraduate diploma in medical mycology by DVD and web-based distance learning, organized by the British Society for Medical Mycology, click here.

A meeting Fungal Pathogens: From Basic Biology to Drug Discovery, in the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, will be held in Santa Fe, U.S.A., 12-15 January, 2012. For information, click here.

The ISHAM Working Group Black Yeasts filled an entire regular issue of the journal Fungal Biology: vol. 115, pp. 937-1091. The issue was edited by G.S. de Hoog, M. Grube and N. Gunde-Cimerman and contains papers on extremophilic black yeasts, protein expression, fungi associated with ants, epidemiology and several new species among which a neurotropic one. The issue also contains the much-cited paper on black yeasts in dishwashers. Contact the Black Yeast group for a free download.

A symposium on fungal nomenclature will be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, 12-13 April, 2012, entitled One Fungus / Which Name?” Click here for information.

A guideline “European expert opinion on the management of invasive candidiasis in adults”  has appeared, written by B.J. Kullberg, P.E. Verweij, M. Akova, M.C. Arendrup, J. Bille, T. Calandra and others. It has appeared in Clinical Microbiology and Infection 2011; 17 Suppl 5: 1-12.

A Young ISHAM Newsflash can be found in the member area. It contains news on TIMM Valencia, on the Young ISHAM session at the forthcoming congress in Berlin, and introduces the new representative for Southeast Asia.