Authors: Martha Powell, Future Science Group
In line with the CDC’s Fungal Disease Awareness, we are hosting a Twitter chat with prominent experts in the field of fungal diseases on Tuesday 2nd October at 15:00 BST/ 10:00 EDT.
Our chat will feature:
Ilan Schwartz @GermHunterMD
Ilan Schwartz, MD PhD FRCPC, is a clinician-scientist and assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. His research interests are emerging fungal pathogens, infections in immunocompromised hosts and global health.
Jessie Uehling @jessieuehling
Jessie is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkley and UC San Francisco (CA, USA). Her research is aimed at understanding fungal biology of the human fungal pathogen, Coccidioides, the causative agent of Valley Fever using population genomics. Valley Fever infections are rising at troubling rates in the South Western USA, including California, and novel vaccine targets are badly needed. Her passion for mycology is evidenced by her broad background in fungal research, her publication record, and the numerous awards she has received for her research.
Andrej Spec @FungalDoc
Andrej Spec, MD, MSCI is an Assistant Professor in Infectious Disease, the Associate Director of Infectious Disease Clinical Research Unit and medical director of the Invasive Mycoses Clinic at Washington University in St Louis (USA). His research focuses on invasive fungal infections including the underlying immunology and clinical predictive models of Candida infections, clinical presentations and outcomes of Crytococcosis, evaluation of new Histoplasma diagnostics, and other diverse projects. His passion for mycology kindles a love for these often-ignored infections in those around him and has led to him wining a number of teaching awards, and leading the Washington University Mycoses Group. He is also the lead editor of an upcoming Infectious Disease Board Review Book, scheduled for release in the fall of this year. He is an active member in the Mycoses Study Group, where he has been involved in study planning and execution, as well as planning the biannual meeting.
Rebecca Drummond @theRAD__lab
Rebecca Drummond completed her PhD in 2014 at the University of Aberdeen in the Aberdeen Fungal Group (UK), before moving to the USA for training in bench-to-bedside research at the National Institutes of Health.
In 2018, Rebecca returned to the UK to start her own research group at the University of Birmingham, which will focus on mechanisms of organ-specific antifungal immunity. Rebecca has published more than 25 articles on immune responses to fungi and won several awards and academic merits for her research, including the Keystone Future of Science Scholarship Prize and a Fellows Award for Research Excellence.
In addition to opinions from our experts we’d love to hear from you! If you would like to pose a question, or let us know your opinion, please let us know using the hashtag #TalkFungi. We’re excited to promote awareness around this important topic and so the more people we hear from the better – get involved!
#TalkFungi 15:00 BST/ 10:00 EDT @IDHubFSG