4 - 6 July 2018Workshop 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.
Biodiversity and ecology, Dr. Javier Cabañes, Barcelona,
Clinical importance and needs, Dr. Claudia Cafarchia, Bari, Italy.
Host/Immune interactions, Dr. Annika Scheynius, Karolinska Institute,
and new genetic toolbox, Dr. Joe Heitman, Duke
University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710 USA.
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,
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 email@example.com
if you want to make a contribution to the workshop!