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ESCMID Panorama

Biofilms in Nosocomial Fungal Infections, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

31 January - 1 February 2011, Paris, France


ESCMID Study Group for Biofilms (ESGB) and ESCMID Fungal Infections Study Group (EFISG).

Supported by:
  • Société Française de Mycologie Médicale (SFMM)
  • Société Française de Microbiologie (SFM)
  • Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
Course Materials


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Monday, 31 January 2011

Session 1: Biosynthesis and organization of fungal biofilms

  • Introduction. A. Beauvais
  • Biofilm of Candida and hypoxic adaptation. C. d’Enfert
  • Determinants of yeast form cell adherence in biofilm formation. J.S Finkel
    Presentation not available
  • Biofilm formation of the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. E. Robertson
    Presentation not available
  • Biofilm of A. fumigatus. F.M. Müller
  • Functional genomic studies of Aspergillus fumigatus biofilm formation. M. Seidler

Session 2: Composition of the extracellular matrix and role in resistance

  • Polysaccharides and biofilm in Aspergillus fumigatus. T. Fontaine
  • The role of efflux pumps in fungal biofilms. G. Ramage
  • Role of C. albicans glucan matrix in biofilm associated antifungal resistance. D. Andes

Session 3: Quorum sensing in biofilm

  • Quorum sensing molecules on Candida species. M. Henriques
  • Fungal population-signalling and CO2. F. Mühlschlegel

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Session 4: Biofilm and environment

  • Fluorescent techniques including FISH for in situ fungal detection in water biofilms. N. Lima

Session 5: New approaches

  • Understanding chemical signaling between bacteria and fungi in biofilms. A. Deveau
  • NETs and A. fumigatus. A. Brakhage
    Presentation not available
  • Interactions of Aspergillus fumigatus with mucus from cystic fibrosis patients. How do we do to progress in our knowledge? A. Paugam

Session 6: Persister cells and new therapeutic strategies, prevention

  • Persisters in Candida biofilms: developing an eradication therapeutic. K. Lewis
  • Microbial biofilms: evolution from the bench to the patient. M. Ghannoum
  • Candida-associated denture stomatitis. W. Crielaard
  • Candidemia in patients with an inserted medical device. R. Cauda
  • Management of device related fungal infections. O. Lortholary
Course Faculty
  • David Andes, Madison, US
  • Anne Beauvais, Paris, FR
  • Axel Brakhage, Jena, DE
  • Roberto Cauda, Rome, IT
  • Wim Crielaard, Amsterdam, NL
  • Christophe D’Enfert, Paris, FR
  • Amélie Deveau, Hanover, US
  • Jonathan Sewell Finkel, New York, US
  • Thierry Fontaine, Paris, FR
  • Mahmoud Ghannoum, Cleveland, US
  • Mariana Henriques, Braga, PT
  • Kim Lewis, Boston, US
  • Nelson Lima, Braga, PT
  • Olivier Lortholary, Paris, FR
  • Fritz Mühlschlegel, Canterbury, UK
  • Franck-Michael Müller, Heidelberg, DE
  • André Paugam, Paris, FR
  • Gordon Ramage, Glasgow, UK
  • Emma Robertson, New York, US
  • Marc Seidler, Heidelberg, DE
  • Kevin Verstrepen, Leuven, BE
Contact Persons

Christine Imbert
Faculté de Médecine-PharmacieLaboratoire de Chimie et Microbiologie de l'Eau - UMR CNRS 60086
Rue de la Milétrie, BP 199
86034 Poitiers Cedex

Phone +33 5 49 45 43 55 / +33 5 49 44 37 47

Anne Beauvais
Unité des Aspergillus
Institut Pasteur
25 rue du Docteur Roux
75015 Paris

Phone +33 1 45 68 82 25 / +33 1 40 61 34 51


Administrative Secretariat

Régine Lemoine
191 rue de Vaugirard
75015 Paris

Phone +33 1 45 66 77 46
Fax +33 1 45 67 46 98

Course Objectives

This Postgraduate Education Course focuses on medical fungal biofilms and is devoted to applied and fundamental aspects of fungal biofilm formation.
The main focuses are:

  • Biofilm organisation and biosynthesis
  • Biochemical composition and characteristics of the extracellular matrix
  • Biosignalisation and resistance to stress and drugs
  • New methodologies to study the biofilms
  • Prevention in hospital and new therapeutic strategies


Course Venue

Pasteur Institute, Paris, France


Target Audience

Up to 200 Clinical Microbiologists, Infectious Disease Physicians and other interested people.

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