ECMM meeting at IUMS 2008

The Congress of the International Union of Microbiology Societies was held in Instanbul, Turkey, on August 5-15, 2008. IUMS-2008 unified the International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology (5-9 August 2008), XII International Congress of Mycology (5-9 August 2008) and XIV Congress of Virology (10-15 August 2008).
ECMM events during IUMS-2008 included 1 symposium, 2 sessions of Working Groups, and ECMM Council meeting.

Thursday 7 August 
H 09.00 - 11.30
Plenary Session 3 - ECMM/IUMS symposium
Fungal biofilm: The new frontier
kindly supported by Pfizer

Chair                 Mahmoud Ghannoum (USA)
Co-Chair           Jean Paul Latgé (FR)


Luis Martinez (USA) (IT)                

Cryptococcus neoformans biofilm: How specific antibody to cryptococcal glucuronoxylomannan antagonizes antifungal drug action (M-IP-46)


Anne Beauvais (FR)

Aspergillus fumigatus: The extracellular matrix glue that keeps aerial-grown hyphae together (M-IP-47)


Mahmoud Ghannoum,(USA)                

Fusarium and Candida biofilms on contact lenses: Are they related to keratitis outbreak? (M-IP-48)


Joachim Ernst (DE)

Regulation of Candida albicans biofilm (M-IP-49)

Friday 8 August
H 13.00 - 15.00
Symposium 9 - ECMM Working group: Invasive Fungal Infections in the Intensive Care

Chair                Jacques Meis (NL)
Co-chair           Lena Klingspor (SE)


Jacques Meis, (NL)      

Introduction to the problem of invasive fungal infection on the intensive care


Anna Maria Tortorano, (IT)      

Candida infections in the ICU


Sevtap Arikan, (TR)                 

Filamentous fungal infections in the ICU

14.00- 14.20

Murat Akova (TR)                    

Risk factors and prophylaxis of fungal infections in ICU


George Samonis,( GR)               

Antifungal therapy of fungal infections in ICU)


Lena Klingspor, (SE)      

Epidemiology of candidosis in European intensive care units 

Friday 8 August
H 15.30 - 18.00                             
Symposium 11 - ECMM Working group: Zygomycosis

Partly supported by Gilead
Chair                G.  Petrikkos  (GR)
Co-chair           E. Tumbay   (TR)


George Petrikkos (GR)  

Epidemiology of zygomycosis in Europe                           


 Emmanuel Roilides (GR)           

Pathogenesis and host defense against Zygomycetes       


Eric Dannaoui  (FR)       

Conventional and molecular diagnostic methods        


Grit Walther (NL)      

Reliable diagnosis of mucormycosis by ITS barcoding of the Mucorales (Zygomycetes)


Andreas Groll (DE)                   

Pharmacology of antifungal agents against zygomycosis  


Livio Pagano (IT)                    

Antifungal prophylaxis and therapy of zygomycosis