1st WORKSHOP: 2-5 OKT – Fungal infections: from epidemiology to treatment

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1st WORKSHOP: 2-5 OKT – Fungal infections: from epidemiology to treatment

Organizing Committee

Stavroula Antonopoulou, MD PhD, Senior Consultant in Medical Biopathology, Department of Microbiology, General Hospital ”G. Gennimatas”, Athens, Greece
Drosos Karageorgopoulos,Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine, 4th Department of Medicine,  National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Attikon General Hospital,  Athens, Greece
Panagoula Kollia, Associate Professor of Human Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Joseph Meletiadis, Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As Organizing Committee, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the workshop entitled ‘’Fungal infections:from epidemiology to treatment. Theoretical and practical aspects’’which will be held on 2-5 October, in Athens, Greece.

Fungal infections are one of the most common illnesses on earth, affecting nearly a billion people. Yet, there are gaps in the understanding, epidemiology, pathophysiology and immunology of these infections, often leading to misdiagnosis and under-treatment. Fungi can cause a variety of clinical syndromes, ranging from superficial infections in healthy individuals to invasive diseases in immunocompromised patients, the latter being associated with high mortality.

This workshop will summarize current knowledge on yeast and mold infections addressing issues related to the epidemiology, pathophysiology, immunology, diagnosis, species identification and antifungal susceptibility testing. The basic and applied concepts of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antifungal drugs will be presented, in order to explore approaches for dose optimization of antifungal treatment. Participants will learn to identify common yeast and mold species (macroscopic/microscopic observation, biochemical tests), perform susceptibility testing (reference and commercial methods) and analyze MIC data with different statistical tools for determining epidemiological cut-off values.

We are very much looking forward to an exciting and fruitfull workshop and to seeing you in Athens in October 2019.

With best  regards,

Stavroula Antonopoulou
Drosos  Karageorgopoulos
Panagoula Kollia
Joseph Meletiadis

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