ISHAM NEWS! (14-08-2009)

Dear ISHAM member, A new molecular tool for sequence-based identification of dermatophytes has been made by Jong-Soo Choi, Grit Walther, Yvonne Graser and Vincent Robert. In contrast to GenBank, blasting will give you a correct identification, based on validated reference material. It is freely available here.

The 2009 Asian Mycological Congress will take place at the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung, Taiwan, November 15-19, 2009. There are sessions on medicinal and extremophilic fungi and on medical mycology. For info and program, click here.

The next Latin American Infocus, VIII Forum de Infeccoes Fungicas na Pratica Clinica, will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20-22 August, 2009. For information and program, go here.

The 4th Advances Against Aspergillosis (AAA) will be held in Rome, Italy, 4-6 February 2010. Full information is available here.

Sanjay Revankar ( has started a case registry for studying phaeohyphomycosis. The purpose would be to better understand the clinical syndromes associated with these fungi and how effective current management strategies are in treating these infections. Your help and deposition of strains will be greatly appreciated.

A new on-line journal has been started: Infectious Disease Reports. This is an international, Open Access peer-reviewed journal which publishes scientific papers about infectious diseases. Manuscripts dealing with research, biology, epidemiology, clinics of all infection-related diseases are welcome. See website here.

The 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) will take place in Vienna, Austria, 10-13 April, 2010. Full information on this major congress is available here.

The ISHAM Mycology Study Group (MSG) organizes its 2009 Reception and Business Meeting on Sunday evening, September 13, 2009, at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco Hotel.  For information, contact Jeanna Beth Deerman,

Issue 47-5 of Medical Mycology has appeared; go to your ISHAM member area for free access. For your convenience we list the contents below:

Potential contribution of fungal infection and colonization to the development of allergy, Pages 445 - 456 Authors: David L. Goldman; Gary B. Huffnagle

In vitro  synergy of caspofungin with licensed and novel antifungal drugs against clinical isolates of Fusarium  spp., Pages 457 - 462
Authors: Itamar Shalit; Yona Shadkchan; Gabriel Mircus; Nir Osherov

Candida bloodstream infections in hemodialysis recipients, Pages 463 - 467
Authors: Vasilios Pyrgos; Kathryn Ratanavanich; Nancy Donegan; Judith Veis; Thomas J. Walsh; Shmuel Shoham

Detection of 2-Pentylfuran in the breath of patients with Aspergillus fumigatus, Pages 468 - 476
Authors: Stephen T. Chambers; Mona Syhre; David R. Murdoch; Fiona McCartin; Michael J. Epton

The lipolytic enzymes activities of Malassezia  species, Pages 477 - 484
Authors: Weerapong Juntachai; Takahiro Oura; Somay Yamagata Murayama; Susumu Kajiwara

Agrobacterium tumefaciens -mediated transformation of the dermatophyte, Trichophyton mentagrophytes : an efficient tool for gene transfer, Pages 485 - 494
Authors: Tsuyoshi Yamada; Koichi Makimura; Kazuo Satoh; Yoshiko Umeda; Yumiko Ishihara; Shigeru Abe

Osteopontin involvement in granuloma formation and in the severity of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis  infection, Pages 495 - 507
Authors: Angela Satie Nishikaku; Renata Scavone; Raphael Fagnani Sanchez Molina; Bernardo Paulo Albe; Cláudia Da Silva Cunha; Eva Burger

Real-time PCR and DNA sequencing for detection and identification of Trichophyton rubrum  as a cause of culture negative chronic granulomatous dermatophytosis, Pages 508 - 514
Authors: Jean-François Durant; Pierre-Alain Fonteyne; Pauline Richez; Liliane Marot; Leila Belkhir; Dominique Tennstedt; Jean-Luc Gala

Empirical treatment of candidemia in intensive care units: Fluconazole or broad-spectrum antifungal agents?, Pages 515 - 520
Authors: Jesús Guinea; Teresa Peláez; Marta Rodríguez-Créixems; Marta Torres-Narbona; Patricia Muñoz; Luis Alcalá; Emilio Bouza

Isolation and expression of heat shock protein 30 gene from Penicillium marneffei, Pages 521 - 526
Authors: Nongnuch Vanittanakom; Monsicha Pongpom; Jutarat Praparattanapan; Chester R. Cooper Jr; Thira Sirisanthana

Algaemia in a dairy cow by Prototheca blaschkeae, Pages 527 - 531
Authors: Gertrude Thompson; Eliane Silva; Sara Marques; Alexandra Müller; Júlio Carvalheira

An increasing trend of cutaneous zygomycosis caused by Mycocladus corymbifer  (formerly Absidia corymbifera ): report of two cases and review of primary cutaneous Mycocladus  infections, Pages 532 - 538
Authors: Muna Almaslamani; Saad J. Taj-Aldeen; Dea Garcia-Hermoso; Eric Dannaoui; Hussam Alsoub; Abdullatif Alkhal

Arthroderma vanbreuseghemii  infection in three family members with kerion and tinea corporis, Pages 539 - 544
Authors: Hao Zhang; Yuping Ran; Yongfang Liu; Ruifeng Zhang; Xinyu Lin; Wei Yan; Yaling Dai

Expression of CgCDR1 , CgCDR2 , and CgERG11  in Candida glabrata  biofilms formed by bloodstream isolates, Pages 545 - 548
Authors: Jeong Won Song; Jong Hee Shin; Seung Jung Kee; Soo Hyun Kim; Myung Geun Shin; Soon Pal Suh; Dong Wook Ryang

Application of nested PCR to detect Penicillium marneffei  in serum samples, Pages 549 - 553
Authors: Monsicha Pongpom; Thira Sirisanthana; Nongnuch Vanittanakom

National surveillance of antifungal susceptibility of Candida  species in South Korean hospitals, Pages 554 - 558
Authors: Jae Il Yoo; Chi Won Choi; Kyeong Min Lee; Young Kwon Kim; Tae Un Kim; Eui-Chong Kim; Sae Ik Joo; Seon Han Yun; Yeong Seon Lee; Bong Su Kim 


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