ISHAM NEWS! (13-11-2013)

Dear , In order to draw attention from policy makers and international health agencies, a  Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) was launched, an international organisation set to highlight the plight of 300 million people worldwide and begin to reverse unnecessary death and suffering. For a news overview, see here.  

Other fungal news items can be found in LIFE e-magazine with educational materials, films and other information.

The ISHAM Working Group Veterinary Mycology organised a very successful course last November in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. A report of the course and some plans for the Working Group can be found here.

The next meeting of the Israel Society for Medical Mycology (ISMM) will be held in Tel Aviv, on November 14, 2013. Information can be found here

A new journal devoted to case reports has been launched, entitled 'Case Reports in Clinical Pathology'; information is provided here.

A statement on the fungal burden of disease and the need for qualified centers and personnel was adopted by the World Medical Association (WMA) at its General Assembly in Fortaleza, Brazil. The Statement and further information can be found here.

A position for an experienced postdoc in proteomics and one in fungal physiology are available at the CBS Fungal Biodiversity Centre in Utrecht, The Netherlands. For information and application, see here, and here.

An interesting biography of a mycological hero from Russia, Prof. Stepanischeva, a scientist and a citizen through war and peace, tyranny and liberty, is available on the ISHAM website here.

A training course on molecular mycology and pathogenesis at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, U.S.A., 15 June - 1 July, 2014. For information and registration, click here.

The ISHAM website contains an interactive area on the history of medical mycology, for which the basic tekst has been written by Luciano Polonelli, see here. Through the website you are invited to submit corrections and additions which after editing will be used to supplement the basic tekst. 

A book on the history of fungal diseases, written by Homei and Worboys, is freely available from Amazon, click here.

Medical Mycology, vol. 51 No 8 (November) has appeared and are now freely available via your ISHAM member login. For your convenience we list the contents below

Fluconazole treatment hyperpolarizes the plasma membrane of Candida cells
Hana Elicharova, Hana Sychrova
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 785–794.

Invasive infections due to Candida norvegensis and Candida inconspicua: report of 12 cases and review of the literature
Juliette Guitard, Adéla Angoulvant, Valérie Letscher-Bru, Coralie L’Ollivier, Muriel Cornet, Frédéric Dalle, Frédéric Grenouillet, Claire Lacroix, Anne Vekhoff, Eric Maury, Denis Caillot, Pierre Emmanuel Charles, Sébastien Pili-Floury, Raoul Herbrecht, Emmanuel Raffoux, Benoit Brethon, Christophe Hennequin
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 795–799.

A model for treating avian aspergillosis: serum and lung tissue kinetics for Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) following single and multiple aerosol exposures of a nanoparticulate itraconazole suspension
Chris Rundfeldt, Elżbieta Wyska, Hartwig Steckel, Andrzej Witkowski, Grażyna Jeżewska-Witkowska, Piotr Wlaź
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 800–810.

Clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis
Byung Woo Jhun, Kyeongman Jeon, Jung Seop Eom, Ji Hyun Lee, Gee Young Suh, O Jung Kwon, Won-Jung Koh
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 811–817.

TLR5 stop codon polymorphism is associated with invasive aspergillosis after allogeneic stem cell transplantation
Matthias Grube, Juergen Loeffler, Markus Mezger, Bernd Krüger, Bernd Echtenacher, Petra Hoffmann, Matthias Edinger, Hermann Einsele, Reinhard Andreesen, Ernst Holler
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 818–825.

Thymol antifungal mode of action involves telomerase inhibition
Emad Darvishi, Mansoor Omidi, Ali Akbar Bushehri, Ashkan Golshani, Myron L. Smith
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 826–834.

Antioxidative and immunogenic properties of catalase-peroxidase protein in Penicillium marneffei
Monsicha Pongpom, Pritsana Sawatdeechaikul, Aksarakorn Kummasook, Sophit Khanthawong, Nongnuch Vanittanakom
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 835–842.

Typing of Pneumocystis jirovecii isolates from Iranian immunosuppressed patients based on the Internal Transcribed Spacer (ITS) region of the rRNA gene
Maryam-Fatemeh Sheikholeslami, Javid Sadraei, Parissa Farnia, Mehdi Forozandeh Moghadam, Hamid Emadi Kochak
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 843–850.

Pneumocystis jirovecii haplotypes at the internal transcribed spacers of the rRNA operon in French HIV-negative patients with diverse clinical presentations of Pneumocystis infections
Solene Le Gal, Amelie Rouille, Paul Gueguen, Michele Virmaux, Christian Berthou, Gaëlle Guillerm, Francis Couturaud, Yann Le Meur, Celine Damiani, Anne Totet, Gilles Nevez
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 851–862.

Antifungal susceptibility of Malassezia pachydermatis biofilm
Luciana A. Figueredo, Claudia Cafarchia, Domenico Otranto
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 863–867.

Seborrheic dermatitis: predisposing factors and ITS2 secondary structure for Malassezia phylogenic analysis
Yulien Amado, Anelvi Patiño-Uzcátegui, Maria C. Cepero de García, Javier Tabima, Adriana Motta, Martha Cárdenas, Adriana Bernal, Silvia Restrepo, Adriana Celis
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 868–875.

Rep-PCR and RAPD-PCR fingerprinting of Aspergillus terreus
Wolfgang Mutschlechner, Katharina Grif, Gerhard Blum, Cornelia Lass-Flörl
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 876–879.

Genotype analysis based on intergenic spacer 1 sequences of Trichosporon asahii collected in Taiwan
Yun-Liang Yang, Yi-Wen Liu, Hui-Ting Chen, Moan-Shane Tsai, Wen-Li Chu, Hsiu-Jung Lo
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 880–883.

Candida krusei colonization in patients with gastrointestinal diseases
Duong Thu Huong, Yanan Zhao, Nguyen Thi Nguyet, Ta Thi Loan, Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh, Nguyen Van Thinh, Nguyen Thi Hong Hanh, Guillermo I. Perez-Perez, David S. Perlin
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 884–887.

Prolonged fecal shedding of ‘megabacteria’ (Macrorhabdus ornithogaster) by clinically healthy canaries (Serinus canaria)
Pilar Lanzarot, Jose L. Blanco, Sergio Alvarez-Perez, Claudia Abad, Maria T. Cutuli, Marta E. Garcia
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 888–891.

Expression of SAP5 and SAP9 in Candida albicans biofilms: comparison of bloodstream isolates with isolates from other sources
Min Young Joo, Jong Hee Shin, Hee-Chang Jang, Eun Song Song, Seung Jung Kee, Myung Geun Shin, Soon Pal Suh, Dong Wook Ryang
Medical Mycology Nov 2013, Vol. 51, No. 8: 892–896.

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