4 - 6 July 2018

Workshop Malassezia: from skin to model species
Price 75 EUR 

Following the upcoming ISHAM congress to be held in Amsterdam, a Malassezia workshop will be held in Utrecht, Wednesday afternoon-Friday morning, July 4-6 2018.   

The field of Malassezia fundamental, applied and clinical biology has developed enormously over the last decade. The number of species recognized reached 17, and other new species are expected to be described in the near future.  The importance of several species on human and animal skin is well documented, as is the occurrence in sepsis.  Harmonization of treatment options is underway, complete genomes of all species are or will soon become available, skin mycobiome investigations have highlighted their importance on human skin, environmental metabarcoding surprisingly revealed several species in marine and terrestrial environments, mainly associated with a diversity of invertebrates, and last but not least, recently, gene knock out protocols have been developed allowing studies of gene function.

Two study groups are currently involved: 1. The ISHAM working group on Malassezia epidemiology and pathobiology, which is primarily clinical; and 2. the Malassezia Research Consortium, which is focused on basic research. Unfortunately these groups operate largely independently. During the planned post ISHAM 2018 Malassezia workshop we wish to invite members of both communities to enhance clinical, veterinary and scientific interactions to foster the benefit of patients and to improve Malassezia-based research. Such improved interactions will strongly benefit clinical and fundamental science and research.
We propose to have five keynotes of 30 minutes delivered by high profile scientists addressing both fundamental science and clinical needs.

Confirmed Keynotes:
1.     Biodiversity and ecology, Dr. Javier Cabañes, Barcelona, Spain/Catalunya.
2.     Clinical importance and needs, Dr. Claudia Cafarchia, Bari, Italy.
3.     Host/Immune interactions, Dr. Annika Scheynius, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
4.     Genomics and new genetic toolbox, Dr. Joe Heitman, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 USA.
5.     Mycobiome and interactions with skin, Dr. Thomas Dawson, Institute of Medical Biology, A*STAR, Singapore.

The remainder will favour a "bottom-up” approach, giving researchers from both communities opportunity to present in short (10/15 min) talks. Topics will be presented according to the keynote themes, but additional topics may include, treatment options, diagnostics, mating, the genetic tool box, biochemistry, cell wall, lipidomics, etc.

During the second day a 2-hour round-table/discussion, chaired by Drs Georgios Gaitanis, University of Ionannina, Ionannina, Greece and TB, will address clinical/veterinary/research priorities that emerge during the meeting, to see how one can improve interactions between both communities and discuss potential benefits of a merger.  The outcome will be a white paper on how to achieve the various aims and synergize collaborations across the Malassezia research arena.

The Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute will make a meeting room available free of charge, that can hold ca. 120 people and includes up to date projection equipment. We will also look into possibilities to have the meeting streamed on-line if possible and warranted. The catering facilities of the Westerdijk / Hubrecht Institute can deal with meetings up to 120 participants.  Please contact Teun Boekhout at t.boekhout@westerdijkinstitute.nlif you want to make a contribution to the workshop!