2007. Twelfth ECMM/3rd TIMM Congress (Torino)

On October 28-31, 2007, the 3rd Trends in Medical Mycology (joint meeting of ECMM and EORTC) took place in Torino, Italy.

Participation: 1200 delegates from 57 countries.

Local Organizers:
For ECMM: MA. Viviani and M.C. Arendrup
For EORTC: C. Viscoli and T. Calandra

From Mycology Newsletter 2007, P. 8
One of the premier medical mycology congresses within the European context is the Trend in Medical Mycology conference (TIMM).With previous Trends being held in Amsterdam and Berlin it was Turin’s turn. A very successful and varied programme took place on 28-31 October 2007. This was the largest TIMM so far with about 1200 participants from 57 countries, demonstrating the increasing interest in medical mycology.

Many new developments in all fields of medical mycology were represented. Medical mycologists, microbiologists and clinicians presented the results of their studies. Invited international opinion leaders gave many interesting lectures on a wide range of medical mycology topics, both old and new. Professor Antonio Cassone opened the Congress with The E. Drouhet Lecture on Antifungal Vaccines. We observed, with great pleasure, a high participation from younger colleagues and one of them, Ferry Hagen from Netherlands, received the “Young Travel Award” with an interesting paper on the molecular biology of infections caused by Cryptococcus gattii. Furthermore, it was encouraging to see a record number of free papers and posters: there were more than 300 contributions that covered all the aspect of mycology (molecular biology, microbiology, epidemiology, antifungal treatments, etc).

During the Congress many different organisations and societies took the opportunity to hold committee meetings, seminars and working group discussions, including the ECMM Council, the EORTC-IDGM, a meeting of the ISHAM Working Group on Malassezia, the ECMM Working Group on Candida and candidosis in the ICU, and a meeting of the ECMM Zygomycosis Working Group.These informal meetings gave the members of these various activity groups the possibility to participate in productive discussions on the results of on-going studies and to plan future programs.