On political issues in medical mycology

Until recently, certain former members of ECMM council abstained from political declarations and references, with most public activity restricted to talks, paperwork and exploitation of funds. Just selling 'FECMM' titles for self-promotion of guillible doctors, extorting money from mycology labs for branding them excellent and organizing conferences to exchange 'grants' and 'gala dinners' inside unelected circle of nouveau-eurocomissars of mycology appears not enough to simulate mycological research in Western Europe. That may expain their pivot to discussing and rating events that do neither depend nor even apply to them - literally, what is happening in Eastern Europe. After a paper on "The Current State of Clinical Mycology in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe" where 15 authors from USA to India and only 4 of them from 3 states of Eastern Europe proclaim medical mycology there 'Still a long way to go' they turned their attention on purely political issues in Russia, citing highly politicized social networks. Let us just kindly inform those self-proclaimed € 300 fellows in mycology that clinicians and researchers from Elbe to Urals do no need their supervision and develop strongly all these years by their own effort.

Moscow medical mycology conference in 2019

Over 700 delegates from Russian Federation and abroad took part in Moscow Medical Mycology Conference of 2019. Honoring the year of creation of Regnum Fungi, the first Soviet conference on medical mycology in 1939, and other significant dates in Russian and international mycology, the delegates attended a plenary and 11 breakout sessions, clinical case series and other special events. The conference produced a resolution to gather in 2020 to commemorate next important event: XX years since creation of All-Russian National Academy of Mycology, the most populous and productive mycological academic society in Eurasia.

European Conference on Mycology and Microbiology of 2018

The international conference on mycology and microbiology (ECMM2018) was convened in Moscow, Russia, on April 11-12, 2018. The meeting was summoned to commemorate important anniversaries in medical mycology: centenaries of mycological department of Moscow State University, of renowned medical mycologist Nikolay Sheklakov, and jubilee honoring memory of inventor of Russian penicillin, Zinaida Ermolyeva (1898-1974).

Over 900 delegates from Russia, CIS countries, many regions from Europe and Asia honored the memory of world-famous medical mycologist Nikolay Dmitrievich Sheklakov (1918-1990), a hero of Great Patriotic War and European anti-nazi resistance, humanist who saved thousand lives in Sachsenhausen and Bergen-Belsen German deathcamps, where he was revered as 'Doctor Nicolaus'. After WW2, he became one of the leaders of Soviet medical mycology and international peace activist.

Famous Russian microbiologist, laureate of Stalin Prize and many awards, academician Zinaida Vissarionovna Ermolyeva was the first woman who, inependently from foreign research, succeeded to produce most potent penicillin from P. crustosum in wartime USSR (1942). Born in Cossack family in 1898, she was nicknamed as 'Lady Penicillin' by G. Florey in 1943 (creator of the therapeutic-strengh penicillin in the West). Her research was pivotal for series of Russian indigenous antibiotics and reseach network, and to the prevention of Pan-European cholera epidemic during WW2. On April 11, 2018, First medals in the name of Zinaida Ermolyeva were awarded by All-Russian National Academy of Mycology to prominent Russian microbiologists and mycologists. The special joint session was organized by Academy, Russian society for history of medicine, societies and museum of her native city Rostov-on-Don.

The conference members have stated in their resolution that All-Russian National Academy Mycology has proved to become the central, self-sufficient and most reliable force to join further efforts of researchers and medical professionals in the field of medical mycology in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Two-volume book of abstracts and proceedings of the conference were published in Advances of Medical Mycology (v. XVIII и XIX).

4th Congress of Russian Mycologists

The Fourth Congress of Russian Mycologists was convened in Moscow on April 12-14, 2017. The Congresses are the major Russian and Eurasian events in general and medical mycology, summoned by All-Russian National Academy of Mycology once in 5 years. More than 1800 participants attended, making over 280 presentations during 40 sessions, with abstracts and proceedings published in Current Mycology in Russia (vols. 6 and 7) and Advances in Medical Mycology (vol. XVII).

The awards of Academy, A.A. Yachevskiy medal and 'Ob merita in mycologia medica' were bestowed upon renowned researchers, and 14 young mycologists were supported by grants. During the Congress, the Presidium of Academy was elected and a resolution was adopted to develop the international cooperation with focus on Eurasia, to convene a mycological conference in Moscow, 2018 and the Eurasian Mycological Congress.

Mycoses is no more an Official Journal of ECMM

The official cooperation of ECMM with Mycoses (IF 2.24), the Journal of Confederation for years, is over since the end of 2016. The Confederation now has no official journal. However, organizers of TIMM 2017 still offer publication of electronic abstracts in online edition of Mycoses.

ECMM Educational Symposium on Ecology and Mycology, 14-16 February 2016, Tel-Aviv, Israel

ECMM Educational Symposium on Ecology and Mycology: From the environment to the patient’s bed; 14-16 February 2016, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Scope: Environmental changes have been recognized to exert significant effects on infections and specifically on those caused by fungi. The implications of environmental changes are expressed in different epidemiological patterns, in changes of pathogenic flora in various clinical entities, which in turn may lead to the necessity of different therapeutic approaches.

University of Manchester - Masters in medical mycology 2015-2016 scholarship available

A scholarship for the Masters in Medical Mycology Programme is available for the academic year 2015-2016.

Full details can be found on the website:

ECMM/ESCMID postgraduate course Delhi, 19-21 March 2015 - Presentations online

ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course: Diagnosis and Management of Fungal Infections Both in the West and the East.
For all presentations in session 1-5 see below:

New Mexico VA Health Care System and University of New Mexico seek Academic ID Specialist, open rank

New Mexico VA Health Care System and University of New Mexico are seeking an Academic Infectious Diseases Specialist, open rank. The ideal candidate is an accomplished physician¬-investigator, including NIH or VA funding, and strong productivity as demonstrated by a track record of grants and peer-reviewed publications. Research focus in any aspect of fungal pathogenesis, antifungal drug discovery, clinical investigation of IFI's, or any broad topic related to IFI's is of particular interest. Lab space and startup package will be offered to the qualified candidate.

Fungal Infection Trust in the London marathon this year

The Fungal Infection Trust has supported individuals and teams working on fungal disease for 24 years and provided over £3.5 million in funding. It supports The Aspergillus Website and LIFE initiative. Partly to raise awareness and partly for fundraising, it was awarded a charity place in the London marathon this year. Dr Jenny Long is an ENT trainee and running for the FIT, in a stunning hat! Please support her.



Jenny’s page: http://www.fit.care/

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