ISHAM NEWS! (6-10-2010)

Dear , The Middle East Yeast Workshop  ‘Molecular Diagnostics and Treatment’ in Doha, Qatar, 16-18 February 2011 has now a website with all relevant information. There will be an international panel of speakers.

The 4th FEMS Congress of European Microbiologists will be organised in Geneva, Switzerland, 26-30 June, 2011, with several topics relevant to medical mycology. The preliminary program and further info can be found here.

A new user-friendly phylogenetic program is being developed by Thasso Griebel in Jena, Germany, Epos, a tool for phylogenetic analysis from ground up. Included is an embedded database that allows data storage and management, including raw sequences, alignments, distance matrices and trees. A multitude of algorithms is supported, for example, ClustalW and Muscle for multiple sequence alignments, RaxML and Paup for tree construction as well as various consensus and supertree methods. The Epos user interfaces allows you to view and edit your data, and execute the algorithms either locally or on a remote cluster. The Software provides a tree comparator for visual comparison, script support, Blast integration and a way to automatically install external programs (i.e. ClustalW). Epos is Open Source and runs on all major Platforms (Windows/Mac OS/Linux). You may download the latest version here. Feedback is appreciated:

The website of the workshop “The dynamics of zygomycete research in a changing world” is now open with preliminary program and registration data, click here. The workshop is organised in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 3-5 March, 2011. The workshop aims to connect researchers in clinical, environmental and food-related areas to build up a balanced vision on Zygomycetes. There is no registration fee; ISHAM members will be offered a free excursion.

ISHAM welcomes a new Working Group uniting medical mycologists from Asia that has now joined our society; see at the Working Group area of this website here. This group wishes to run teaching workshops and perform fungal surveillance studies across many countries in Asia.  ISHAM members from Asia are kindly invited to participate in its activities.

The Netherlands Society for Medical Mycology (NVMY) will organize an English-language scientific meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 8 December 2010, see here. Participation is free of charge.

The ECMM-ISHAM Working Group Pseudallescheria / Scedosporium Infections has a new team of conveners: Michaela Lackner, Sharon Chen and Walter Buzina

WUR-CBS-RU meeting on "Fungal bioinformatics and medical mycology" to be held on November 12 in Wageningen. further info can be found here

The Belgian Society for Medical Mycology organises a meeting in Antwerp, Belgium, on 7 October 2010, entitled: “Belgian course in medical mycology:  what has changed after 5, 10 or 20 years?” Program and registration info can be found Here.

The new ISHAM Working Group on Barcoding has now officially been approved and can be found in the WG area of our website here. Conveners are Wieland Meyer, Arun Balajee and Sybren de Hoog The group is searching for specialists in different fungal groups and will organise meetings at major mycological congresses.   

The new issue of Medical Mycology (48-6) has been published and is freely available in your ISHAM member area. For your convenience we list the contents below:

Cutaneous cryptococcosis in solid organ transplant recipients
Hsin-Yun Sun, Barbara D. Alexander, Olivier Lortholary, Francoise Dromer, Graeme N. Forrest, G. Marshall Lyon, Jyoti Somani, Krishan L. Gupta, Ramon Del Busto, Timothy L. Pruett, Costi D. Sifri, Ajit P. Limaye, George T. John, Goran B. Klintmalm, Kenneth Pursell, Valentina Stosor, Michele I. Morris, Lorraine A. Dowdy, Patricia Muñoz, Andre C. Kalil, Julia Garcia-Diaz, Susan L. Orloff, Andrew A. House, Sally H. Houston, Dannah Wray, Shirish Huprikar, Leonard B. Johnson, Atul Humar, Raymund R. Razonable, Robert A. Fisher, Shahid Husain, Marilyn M. Wagener, Nina Singh
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 785–791.
Protection against Paracoccidioides brasiliensis infection conferred by the prophylactic administration of native and recombinant ArtinM
Kely C. Coltri, Leandro L. Oliveira, Luciana P. Ruas, Patrícia E. Vendruscolo, Maria Helena Goldman, Ademilson Panunto-Castelo, Maria-Cristina Roque-Barreira
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 792–799.
Fonsecaea nubica sp. nov, a new agent of human chromoblastomycosis revealed using molecular data
M. J. Najafzadeh, J. Sun, V. Vicente, L. Xi, A. H. G. Gerrits van den Ende, G. S. de Hoog
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 800–806.
Screening for drug-resistant Candida yeasts with chromogenic agar
William R. Kirkpatrick, Joseph D. Zimmerman, Fadi P. Haikal, Michael J. Broker, Erin Brockway, Annette W. Fothergill, Dora I. McCarthy, Thomas F. Patterson, Spencer W. Redding
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 807–816.
Influence of host immunosuppression on CT findings in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis
Miguel A. Milito, Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, Russell E. Lewis, Ping Liu, Osama R. Mawlawi, Mylene T. Truong, Edith M. Marom
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 817–823.
Human external ear canal as the specific reservoir of Malassezia slooffiae
Takamasa Kaneko, Ryoko Shiota, Shuichirou Shibuya, Shinichi Watanabe, Yoshiko Umeda, Kimiko Takeshita, Mami Yamamoto, Keiko Nishioka, Koichi Makimura
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 824–827.
Optimized 5-hour multiplex PCR test for the detection of tinea unguium: performance in a routine PCR laboratory
Anna Brillowska-Dabrowska, Sanne Søgaard Nielsen, Henrik Vedel Nielsen, Maiken Cavling Arendrup
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 828–831.
Genetic diversity of Aspergillus fumigatus in indoor hospital environments
Ricardo Araujo, António Amorim, Leonor Gusmão
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 832–838.
Five-year evaluation of bloodstream yeast infections in a tertiary hospital: the predominance of non-C. albicans Candida species
Graziella H. Pereira, Patrícia Rady Müller, Maria Walderez Szeszs, Anna S. Levin, Márcia S. C. Melhem
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 839–842.
Expression of activation and cytotoxic molecules by peripheral blood lymphocytes of patients with paracoccidioidomycosis
L. C. Burlandy-Soares, R. L. Mamoni, L. Lyra, A. Z. Schreiber, M. H. S. L. Blotta
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 843–852.
Comparative virulence of three species of Exophiala in mice
Enrique Calvo, M. Mar Rodríguez, Marçal Mariné, Emilio Mayayo, F. Javier Pastor, Josep Guarro
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 853–857.
Evaluation of the Etest method for susceptibility testing of Aspergillus spp. and Fusarium spp. to three echinocandins
A. I. Martos, A. Romero, M. T. González, A. González, C. Serrano, C. Castro, J. Pemán, E. Cantón, E. Martín-Mazuelos
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 858–861.
Esophagitis caused by Candida guilliermondii in diabetes mellitus: first reported case
Danielle P. C. Macêdo, Neiva T. Oliveira, Aline M. A. Farias, Vanessa K. A. Silva, Ana B. Wilheim, Fabíola M. Couto, Rejane P. Neves
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 862–865.
A noninvasive renal fungus ball caused by Rhizopus – a previously unreported manifestation of zygomycosis
Federico Palacio-Bedoya, Jose A. Cadena, George R. Thompson III, Deanna A. Sutton, Aaron D. Owens, Thomas F. Patterson
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 866–869.
Rhinoentomophthoromycosis due to Conidiobolus coronatus. A case report and an overview of the disease in India
Anuradha Chowdhary, H. S. Randhawa, Z. U. Khan, S. Ahmad, G. Khanna, R. Gupta, A. Chakravarti, P. Roy
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 870–879.
Voriconazole, a safe alternative for treating infections caused by the Chrysosporium anamorph of Nannizziopsis vriesii in bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps)
L. Van Waeyenberghe, K. Baert, F. Pasmans, P. van Rooij, T. Hellebuyck, L. Beernaert, P. de Backer, F. Haesebrouck, A. Martel
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 880–885.
Discrepancy between histology and culture in filamentous fungal infections
Shinwon Lee, Na Ra Yun, Kye-Hyung Kim, Jae Hyun Jeon, Eui-Chong Kim, Doo Hyun Chung, Wan Beom Park, Myoung-Don Oh
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 886–888.
Genetic variability and phospholipase production of Malassezia pachydermatis isolated from dogs with diverse grades of skin lesions
Mauro L.S. Machado, Claudia Cafarchia, Domenico Otranto, Rafael R. Ferreira, Simone P. Bianchi, Maria S. Latrofa, Antonio Parisi, Laerte Ferreiro
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 889–892.
Correlation of Etest and Neo-Sensitabs diffusion assays on Mueller-Hinton-methylene blue agar with broth microdilution reference method (CLSI-M27-A2) for testing susceptibilities of Cryptococcus neoformans to amphotericin B and fluconazole
Maria Eugenia Ochiuzzi, Gabriela María Santiso, Alicia Irene Arechavala
Medical Mycology Sep 2010, Vol. 48, No. 6: 893–896.