ISHAM NEWS! (14-07-2011)

Dear , The Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, U.K. has a vacancy for a consultant infectious diseases; see information here.

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, organizes a Flemish- and French-language specialization Course Medical and Veterinary Mycology. For information and registration, see here.

On June 28, 2011, Thompson Reuters released its much anticipated 2010 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), which assigns annual Impact Factor (IF) to 10,196 journals covering science and social sciences. There are 22 journals in the subject category of Mycology with median IF 1.633. The IF rankings for five journals that comprehensively or exclusively focus on human and animal pathogenic fungi are as follows: Medical Mycology (2.329), Mycopathologia (1.810), Mycoses (1.6670), Rev Iberoam Micol (1.074), and J Mycol Méd (0.605). Further details about cited journals, five-year aggregate IF, and other measurements of the journals’ impact are available from the publisher (here).

The genome of the black yeast Exophiala (Wangiella) dermatitidis has been sequenced and was released by Broad Institute. The data can be found here. The assembly comprises 10 scaffolds with a total of 26,350,763 bases including 238 contigs. There is only a tiny amount of gap between the contigs in scaffolds (0.02% of the total). The sequence is publicly available, and we ask people interested in any large scale analysis of the data to contact Christina Cuomo ( or Zheng Wang (

A report from the 21st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) and 27th International Congress of Chemotherapy (ICC) held in Milan, Italy, May 7-10, 2011 is available on the ISHAM website here.

The main traits of the program of the ISHAM Black Yeast Workshop in Curitiba, Brazil, 1-4 December, 2011 are now available, see here. Among the scheduled items is a visit to a hospital with patients with chromoblastomycosis and other infections, and other on-site discussions such as practical problems  in the hospital laboratory.

The Chinese edition of the CBS Course Medical Mycology will take place in Nanjing, China, 19-29 November, see here. The course fee of 2000 RMB includes a new CD-ROM edition of the Atlas of Clinical Fungi, in the Chinese language. An international edition of the course is organised in Innsbruck, Austria, 30 July – 9 August, 2012. Lectures given at this course are in English, while personal guidance is possible in the major European languages. For information and registration, click here.

A Keystone Symposium on Molecular and Cellular Biology with the theme “Fungal Pathogens: from Basic Biology to Drug Discovery” will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A., 15-20 January, 2012. Program and other information can be found here.

Medical Mycology 49 issue 5 (July) has appeared and is freely available in your member area. For your convenience we list the contents below:

The endocytic adaptor proteins of pathogenic fungi: charting new and familiar pathways
Ping Wang, Gui Shen
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 449–457.
Disruption of sphingolipid biosynthetic gene IPT1 reduces Candida albicans adhesion and prevents activation of human gingival epithelial cell innate immune defense
Mahmoud Rouabhia, Pranab K. Mukherjee, Ali Abdul Lattif, Sèverine Curt, Jyotsna Chandra, Mahmoud A. Ghannoum
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 458–466.
A Candida albicans strain with high MIC for caspofungin and no FKS1 mutations exhibits a high chitin content and mutations in two chitinase genes
P. Drakulovski, C. Dunyach, S. Bertout, J. Reynes, M. Mallié
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 467–474.
Discrimination of Scedosporium prolificans against Pseudallescheria boydii and Scedosporium apiospermum by semiautomated repetitive sequence-based PCR
J. Steinmann, D. Schmidt, J. Buer, P.-M. Rath
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 475–483.
Epidemiology of dermatophyte infections in Stockholm, Sweden: a retrospective study from 2005–2009
Iara Trocoli Drakensjö, Erja Chryssanthou
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 484–488.
Comparison of PCR-ELISA and Real-Time PCR for invasive aspergillosis diagnosis in patients with hematological malignancies
Inès Hadrich, Charles Mary, Fattouma Makni, Moez Elloumi, Henri Dumon, Ali Ayadi, Stéphane Ranque
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 489–494.
Characterization of the antimicrobial susceptibility of fungi responsible for onychomycosis in Spain
A. Zalacain, C. Obrador, J. P. Martinez, M. Viñas, T. Vinuesa
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 495–499.
Pharmacokinetics of voriconazole in adult mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos)
Yvonne Kline, Karl V. Clemons, Leslie Woods, David A. Stevens, Lisa A. Tell
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 500–512.
Glycosylation status of the C. albicans cell wall affects the efficiency of neutrophil phagocytosis and killing but not cytokine signaling
Chirag C. Sheth, Rebecca Hall, Leanne Lewis, Alistair J. P. Brown, Frank C. Odds, Lars P. Erwig, Neil A. R. Gow
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 513–524.
Prevalence of Candida bracarensis and Candida nivariensis in a Spanish collection of yeasts: comparison of results from a reference centre and from a population-based surveillance study of candidemia
M. Cuenca-Estrella, A. Gomez-Lopez, G. Isla, D. Rodriguez, B. Almirante, A. Pahissa, J. L. Rodriguez-Tudela
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 525–529.
Prevalent nosocomial clusters among causative agents for candidemia in Hamilton, Canada
Harinad Maganti, Deborah Yamamura, Jianping Xu
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 530–538.
Successful management of gastrointestinal pythiosis in a dog using itraconazole, terbinafine, and mefenoxam
James Hummel, Amy Grooters, Gigi Davidson, Samuel Jennings, Jodi Nicklas, Adam Birkenheuer
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 539–542.
Primary subcutaneous Alternaria alternata infection of the hand in an immunocompromised host
Dzifa S. Kpodzo, Michael S. Calderwood, David E. Ruchelsman, Jeremy S. Abramson, Adriano Piris, Jonathan M. Winograd, Camille N. Kotton
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 543–547.
Adherence to buccal epithelial cells, enzymatic and hemolytic activities of Candida isolates from HIV-infected individuals
Arati Mane, Chayya Pawale, Shraddha Gaikwad, Shilpa Bembalkar, Arun Risbud
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 548–551.
Epidemiology and risk factors for non-Candida albicans candidemia in non-neutropenic patients at a Chinese teaching hospital
Ji-Qin Wu, Li-Ping Zhu, Xue-Ting Ou, Bin Xu, Xiu-Ping Hu, Xuan Wang, Xin-Hua Weng
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 552–555.
Proteinase, phospholipase, biofilm forming abilities and antifungal susceptibilities of Malaysian Candida isolates from blood cultures
Sun Tee Tay, Ira Azzura Zainal Abidin, Hamimah Hassan, Kee Peng Ng
Medical Mycology Jul 2011, Vol. 49, No. 5: 556–560.