An ECMM Working Group was founded at the ECMM congress in Budapest, August 2002 as a continuation of an existing informal international network, to focus European attention on the much overlooked but highly virulent systemic and disseminated infections by Pseudallescheria and Scedosporium species. The coordinator of the study is Prof. G. Sybren de Hoog (Centraaalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Utrecht,The Netherlands).
ECMM Survey on Dermatophytosis in Europe was proposed in 1999 (Mycology Newsletter 1999 vol. 4, P. 9-11). Participants in this study were asked to provide data about the main dermatophyte species involved in cat and dog ringworm over the five year period 1995-1999. Six countries participated under the supervision of ECMM convenor Prof. Francisco Javier Cabañes (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain).
The ECMM survey on histoplasmosis in Europe was set up in March 1997 to examine the epidemiology of this disease in Europe. It aimed to assess how frequently histoplasmosis occurred in Europe, where and how the infection was acquired, groups at risk, the causative organism, the methods by which the infection was diagnosed and what therapy patients received. The survey was carried out over a 5 year period, with information collected retrospectively from January 1995 to December 1997 and prospectively from January 1998 to December 1999.
To investigate the incidence and the epidemiology of cryptococcosis in Europe and provide new insights into the distribution of the infecting strains over the continent, a prospective survey was started on July 1997 by the ECMM. Members in seventeen European countries participated in a collaborative prospective survey (Sept 1997- Dec 1999). Convenor of this study was Maria-Anna Viviani (Istituto di Igiene e Medicina Preventiva Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy).
ECMM survey on tinea capitis was started in 1997. ECMM convenor was Professor Roderick J. Hay (Queens University Belfast, UK).
A survey to update the epidemiological and mycological profile of candidaemia in Western Europe was started by the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) in September 1997. European convenor of the study was Prof. Renée Grillot (CHU Grenoble Hôpital Michallon, France).
A prospective, sequential, hospital population based study was carried out for 28 months. During this period a total of 2089 cases was documented by 106 hospitals in seven European countries. This survey represents the first done in Europe and the largest multicentre study in the world.
On June 8-13, 2006, during 16th ISHAM Congress in Paris, a joint ISHAM-ECMM session was held.
The session was entitled “Molecular taxonomy” and chaired by Josep Guarro and Sybren de Hoog.
In the photo, from the left: Frank Odds, El Sheikh Mahgoub, Reinhard Kappe, Gabriel Segretain (deceased), Johannes Müller at the 16th ISHAM Congress in Paris, 2006.
On June 8-13, 1997 in Salsomaggiore, Parma, Italy, a joint ISHAM-ECMM session was held during 13th ISHAM Congress.
The session entitled "Imported Mycoses in Europe" was chaired by B. Dupont and D. Warnock.
From Mycology Newsletter, 1997, P. 3
At the 13th Congress of the International Society for Human andAnimal Mycology (ISHAM), which will be held in Parma, Italy, 8-13 June, 1997, a session organized jointly by ISHAM and ECMM will be dedicated to “Imported mycoses in Europe”.
Joint sessions of ECMM and ISHAM were held twice during ISHAM European congresses in 1997 and 2006.
Trends in Medical Mycology (TIMM) are the bi-annual joint scientific conventions held by ECMM together with the Infectious Diseases Group of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). Six TIMM conferences have been held since 2003.