ISHAM NEWS! (29-05-2015)

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After election by the ISHAM membership the following Members of the Society were approved by the 19th General Assembly of ISHAM held in Melbourne, Australia on 8th May 2015 as the New ISHAM Council 2015-2018 for a term of three years:

Malcolm Richardson: President
Arunaloke Chakrabarti: President-Elect
Wieland Meyer: General Secretary
Donna MacCallum: Treasurer
Ruth Ashbee: Vice President
Yee Chun Chen: Vice President
Jacques Meis: Vice President
Ryoji Tsuboi: Vice President
Marcus Teixeira: Vice President – YISHAM
Neil Gow: Past-President (ex officio)
Karl Clemons: Editor-in-Chief Medical Mycology (ex officio)
Oliver Kurzai: Editor-in-Chief: Medical Mycology Case Reports (ex officio)

New Editor-in-Chief of Medical Mycology: After many years of sterling service as Editor-in-Chief of one of the Society’s journals, Medical Mycology, Ira Salkin has retired. We wish him well. Karl Clemons, who has been the Executive Editor of the journal for some considerable time has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief. We wish him and the journal every success. Karl will supported by Oxford University Press and a strong team of Editors. Please consider Medical Mycology for your next research publication or review.

The 19th ISHAM Congress in Melbourne, Australia, 4-8 May 2015, was a great meeting. The Australian Newzealand Mycology Interest Group (ANZMIG) of the Australasian Infectious Diseases Society (ASID) were the proud host of the meeting. It was run in parallel with the 2015 Mycology Masterclass. Six hundred and sixty seven delegates from 48 countries attended. It was a busy week starting with pre-Congress workshops on the 2nd and 3rd of May with topics as varied as MALDI-TOF, Histopathology, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Antifungal Susceptibility Testing and Infections in the Immunocompromised Host. There were many scientific highlights and sessions comprising the 4 themes within the program: clinical, translational, one health and basic science aspects of medical mycology, which were very well attended, featuring 323 oral presentations in 36 symposia, and 439 posters, showcasing high quality original research and state of the art reviews. Further important items about the congress can be found at the ISHAM website.

As venue for the 20st ISHAM Congress, 2-6 July 2018, Amsterdam in The Netherlands has been chosen by the ISHAM membership.

The Fungal Cell Wall 2015 meeting, unifying both human and plant pathogenic fungi, will be held 26-28 October, 2015 in Paris at the Institut Pasteur.  Details can be found at

An ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course in collaboration with ECMM was conducted in Delhi, India 19-21 March 2015. The course “Diagnosis and  Management of Fungal Infections Both in the West and the East” was organized by Anuradha Chowdhary, and had over 100 participants and 25 faculty from eighteen countries. To see the presentations please visit

A new LIFE newsletter has appeared, posted on the website here. Topics include

  • ABPA found in 26% of paediatric patients with poorly controlled asthma in India
  • Fungal disease burdens  from 9 more countries presented at ECCMID
  • How to bolster the antifungal pipeline
  • Improved 12 month survival when community support is given with cryptococcal antigen screening, in HIV patients.

You are invited to the 11th National Conference of the Society of Indian Human and Animal Mycologists (SIHAM) to be held 18-20 March, 2016 at Kufri, India. Full information can be found here.

The 7th Advances Against Aspergillosis international conference will be held from 3-5 March, 2016 in Manchester, UK.  Details can be found at here.

A new book on molecular biology of food- and waterborne mycotoxigenic fungi has appeared, see here.

The General Assembly of the Belgian Medical Mycological Society will take place on June 15, 2015 in Brussels. Belgium. For info, contact Katrien Lagrou

A PhD Thesis on pharmacokinetics of antifungal drugs in severely ill patients has been written by Marjolijn van Wanrooij and can be obtained from the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands.

The 10th International Conference on Cryptococcus and Cryptococcosis will be held 26-30 March, 2017 in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil. Information will be provided in due course.

A Medical Information Network Initiative has been launched to enhance communication between hospital and laboratory data. Information can be found at

Medical Mycology: Open access after 12 months! Oxford University Press has very recently informed the new Editor-in-Chief of Medical Mycology, Karl Clemons that all papers in Medical Mycology are now freely accessible after 12 months. That means the archives have been opened up and you can download the papers from PubMed, Web of Knowledge, and more, for free.  We believe this a huge step in the right direction to raising the visibility of Medical Mycology for the wider scientific community.

Medical Mycology, vol. 53-3 have appeared and are freely available via your ISHAM login at For your convenience, we list the contents below.

Orville Hernández, Pedronel Araque, Diana Tamayo, Angela Restrepo, Sebastian Herrera, Juan G. Mcewen, Carlos Pelaez, and Agostinho J. Almeida: Alternative oxidase plays an important role in Paracoccidioides brasiliensis cellular homeostasis and morphological transition. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 205-214

Hossein Mirhendi, Koichi Makimura, G. Sybren de Hoog, Ali Rezaei-Matehkolaei, Mohammad Javad Najafzadeh, Yoshiko Umeda, and Bahram Ahmadi: Translation elongation factor 1-α gene as a potential taxonomic and identification marker in dermatophytes. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 215-224.

Xiaorong Lin, Nadia Chacko, Linqi Wang, and Yashwant Pavuluri: Generation of stable mutants and targeted gene deletion strains in Cryptococcus neoformans through electroporation. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 225-234

Pilar Escribano, Laura Judith Marcos-Zambrano, Teresa Peláez, Patricia Muñoz, Belén Padilla, Emilio Bouza, and Jesús Guinea: Sputum and bronchial secretion samples are equally useful as bronchoalveolar lavage samples for the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in selected patients. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 235-240

Nicolas Guigue, Alexandre Alanio, Jean Menotti, Nathalie De Castro, Samia Hamane, Olivier Peyrony, Jérôme LeGoff, and Stéphane Bretagne: Utility of adding Pneumocystis jirovecii DNA detection in nasopharyngeal aspirates in immunocompromised adult patients with febrile pneumonia. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 241-247

Kiran Bala, Jagdish Chander, Uma Handa, Rajpal Singh Punia, and Ashok Kumar Attri: A prospective study of mucormycosis in north India: Experience from a tertiary care hospital. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 248-257

Hicran Akin, Halis Akalin, Ferah Budak, Beyza Ener, Gökhan Ocakoğlu, Emel Gürcüoğlu, Güher Göral, and Haluk Barbaros Oral: Alterations of serum cytokine levels and their relation with inflammatory markers in candidemia. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 258-268

Roberta Iatta, Davide Immediato, Maria Teresa Montagna, Domenico Otranto, and Claudia Cafarchia: In vitro activity of two amphotericin B formulations against Malassezia furfur strains recovered from patients with bloodstream infections. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 269-274

Maria Clerya Alvino Leite, André Parente de Brito Bezerra, Janiere Pereira de Sousa, and Edeltrudes de Oliveira Lima: Investigating the antifungal activity and mechanism(s) of geraniol against Candida albicans strains. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 275-284

Diane C. Homeyer, Carlos J. Sanchez, Katrin Mende, Miriam L. Beckius, Clinton K. Murray, Joseph C. Wenke, and Kevin S. Akers: In Vitro activity of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil on filamentous fungi and toxicity to human cells. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 285-294

Sarah Abdalla Ahmed, G. Sybren de Hoog, David A. Stevens, Ahmed H. Fahal, and Wendy W. J. van de Sande: In vitro antifungal susceptibility of coelomycete agents of black grain eumycetoma to eight antifungals. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 295-301

Xingxing Li, Feng Yang, Dedong Li, Mi Zhou, Xiaojuan Wang, Qiurong Xu, Yanxia Zhang, Lan Yan, and Yuanying Jiang: Trisomy of chromosome R confers resistance to triazoles in Candida albicans. Med Mycol (April 2015) 53 (3): 302-309

Laszlo Irinyi, Carolina Serena, Dea Garcia-Hermoso, Michael Arabatzis, Marie Desnos-Ollivier, Duong Vu, Gianluigi Cardinali, Ian Arthur, Anne-Cécile Normand, Alejandra Giraldo, Keith Cassia da Cunha, Marcelo Sandoval-Denis, Marijke Hendrickx, Angela Satie Nishikaku, Analy Salles de Azevedo Melo, Karina Bellinghausen Merseguel, Aziza Khan, Juliana Alves Parente Rocha, Paula Sampaio, Marcelo Ribeiro da Silva Briones, Renata Carmona e Ferreira, Mauro de Medeiros Muniz, Laura Rosio Castañón-Olivares, Daniel Estrada-Barcenas, Carole Cassagne, Charles Mary, Shu Yao Duan, Fanrong Kong, Annie Ying Sun, Xianyu Zeng, Zuotao Zhao, Nausicaa Gantois, Françoise Botterel, Barbara Robbertse, Conrad Schoch, Walter Gams, David Ellis, Catriona Halliday, Sharon Chen, Tania C. Sorrell, Renaud Piarroux, Arnaldo L. Colombo, Célia Pais, Sybren de Hoog, Rosely Maria Zancopé-Oliveira, Maria Lucia Taylor, Conchita Toriello, Célia Maria de Almeida Soares, Laurence Delhaes, Dirk Stubbe, Françoise Dromer, Stéphane Ranque, Josep Guarro, Jose F. Cano-Lira, Vincent Robert, Aristea Velegraki, and Wieland Meyer: Editor's choice: International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM)-ITS reference DNA barcoding database—the quality controlled standard tool for routine identification of human and animal pathogenic fungi. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 313-337

Navaporn Worasilchai, Asada Leelahavanichkul, Talerngsak Kanjanabuch, Nisa Thongbor, Pichet Lorvinitnun, Kanya Sukhontasing, Malcolm Finkelman, and Ariya Chindamporn: (13)-β-D-glucan and galactomannan testing for the diagnosis of fungal peritonitis in peritoneal dialysis patients, a pilot study. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 338-346

Betil Özhak-Baysan, Dilara Öğünç, Aylin Döğen, Macit Ilkit, and G. Sybren de Hoog: MALDI-TOF MS-based identification of black yeasts of the genus Exophiala. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 347-352

Azusa Takahashi-Nakaguchi, Yasunori Muraosa, Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Takahito Toyotome, Akira Watanabe, Susumu Kawamoto, Katsuhiko Kamei, Tohru Gonoi, and Hiroki Takahashi: Editor's choice: Genome sequence comparison of Aspergillus fumigatus strains isolated from patients with pulmonary aspergilloma and chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 353-360

Maryam-Fatemeh Sheikholeslami, Javid Sadraei, Parisa Farnia, Mehdi Forozandeh Moghadam, and Hamid Emadikochak: Dihydropteroate synthase gene mutation rates in Pneumocystis jirovecii strains obtained from Iranian HIV-positive and non-HIV-positive patients. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 361-368

Tsuyoshi Hosoya, Yasuko Hanafusa, Tomoo Kudo, Kenichi Tamukai, and Yumi Une: First report of Veronaea botryosa as a causal agent of chromomycosis in frogs. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 369-377

Fátima Regina Vilani-Moreno, Sônia Maria Usó Ruiz Silva, Adriana Sierra Assencio Almeida Barbosa, Beatriz Gomes Carreira Sartori, Sílvia Cristina Barboza Pedrini, Adauto José Ferreira Nunes, Milca Ribeiro Saruhashi, José Roberto Pereira Lauris, and Suzana Madeira Diório: Study of murine experimental Jorge Lobo's disease by analysis of peritoneal lavage cells and footpad histopathology: early versus chronic lesions. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 378-386

Pratibha Kale, Shivaprakash M. Rudramurthy, Naresh K. Panda, Ashim Das, and Arunaloke Chakrabarti: The inflammatory response of eosinophil-related fungal rhinosinusitis varies with inciting fungi. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 387-395

Yong Liao, Hui Zhao, Xuelian Lu, Suteng Yang, Jianfeng Zhou, and Rongya Yang: Efficacy of Ethanol against Trichosporon asahii Biofilm in vitro. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 396-404

Anne Desjardins, Perrine Parize, Cécile Angebault, Hervé Lécuyer, Olivier Lortholary, and Marie-Elisabeth Bougnoux: Lack of 1-3-B-D-glucan detection in adults with bacteraemia. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 405-408

Humaira Qureshi, Saeed S. Hamid, Syed Shayan Ali, Javeria Anwar, Anwar Ali Siddiqui, and Naveed Ahmed Khan: Cytotoxic effects of aflatoxin B1 on human brain microvascular endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier. Med Mycol (May 2015) 53 (4): 409-416

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