Asia Fungal Working Group


Arunaloke Chakrabarti

Ruoyo Li

Robert Broad (Secretariat)  Email:




The Asia Fungal Working Group (AFWG) was founded in 2009 by a group of infectious disease and mycology experts from various Asian countries. The AFWG became a working group of ISHAM in 2010.

The AFWG is an organization of professionals dedicated to advancing the understanding, diagnostics and management of invasive fungal infections and augmenting fungal surveillance data to support best practices in the Asia-Pacific region.



The AFWG pursues and fosters research through its group and network in the region. Results from several research and surveys have been published to date and a number of activities are ongoing.



The AFWG maintains an ongoing program of educational and training workshops for clinicians and microbiologists, provides sponsored placements for individuals looking to advance laboratory science in their country, and publishes a quarterly newsletter of thought leadership and evidence updates.

Laboratory training placements

To facilitate the establishment of mycology laboratories and the improvement of diagnostic skills in the region, the AFWG organizes and supports 2 types of training courses:

  • Laboratory Foundation Training course (a 3-month course for setting up mycology laboratory services), and
  • Laboratory Skills Enhancement course (an advanced 1-month course for laboratory personnel seeking to acquire new skills or enhance their laboratory techniques).

For  more information or to apply online, please visit the AFWG website

Medical Mycology Training Network (MMTN) conferences

The MMTN conferences are regional and local meetings established by the AFWG to provide clinicians and microbiologists with knowledge and practical experience in medical mycoses. Each MMTN features a variety of learning activities, including lectures, hands-on practical workshops, case study discussions and interactive sessions.

Since its inception, the AFWG has conducted 5 Asia Pacific MMTN events and a number of annual local MMTNs in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand, training more than 700 delegates.

Two MMTN conferences were held in 2017 and the next Asia Pacific MMTN will be in Taiwan in 2018.


The AFWG produces a quarterly newsletter on updates and insights in the diagnosis and management of medical mycoses in the Asia Pacific. The newsletters are available for download from the AFWG website.



AFWG website

Launched in October 2016, the official AFWG website ( serves as a comprehensive portal for the delivery of mycology information tailored to researchers and healthcare professionals in Asia.

Visit the website to see video presentations from renowned experts, case studies, online education modules, clinical guides, and the latest publications and research.

AFWG on social media

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Rotjanapan, P. et al.
Epidemiology and clinical characteristics of invasive mould infections: A multicenter, retrospective analysis in five Asian countries. Med Mycol (2018)56:186-196
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Chindamporn A. et al. Survey of laboratory practices for diagnosis of fungal infection in seven Asian countries: An Asia Fungal Working Group (AFWG) initiative. Med Mycol 2017 Sep 20. [Epub ahead of print].
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