Invasive Fungal Infections: Host-Pathogen Interaction, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

16 - 17 March 2010, Oslo, Norway



Jointly organized by the ESCMID Fungal Infection Study Group (EFISG), the Antifungal Susceptibility Testing Subcommittee of th European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AFST-EUCAST) and the Nordic Society of Medical Mycology (NSMM).

Course Materials


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16 March 2010

Biological characteristics of medically important fungi:

What is a fungus – in Darwin's perspective. T. Schumacher

Cryptococcus. T. Schumacher

Pneumocystis jirovecii. P. Gaustad

Candida. I. Nordøy

Zygomycetes. E. Roilides


Virulence factors in pathogenic fungi:

Various virulence factors. T. Abrahamsen

Biofilm. G. Ramage

The effect of gliotoxin on T-cells. C. Torp Andersen


The immune response in fungal infection: protective or pathogenic responses?

The first encounter: pathogen recognition. A. Warris

TLR5 and Aspergillus infection. K. Rødland

Presentation not available

Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 receptors and fungi. M. Daws

17 March 2010

Biological characteristics of medically important fungi:

Aspergillus – biological characteristics. D. Denning


The immune response in fungal infection: protective or pathogenic responses?

Cells and cytokines of the innate immune system in fungal infections. E. Roilides

Presentation not available

Immunopathogenesis in Aspergillus infection. D. Denning

The role of platelets in Aspergillus infection. K. Rødland

Presentation not available

T-cells, T. Zelante

Impact of antifungals on the pathogen and the host. P. E. Verweij

Colonisation vs. invasion. P. Gaustad

Colonisation in the neonate. E. Kvadsheim

Presentation not available

Immunotherapy – the future? S.S. Frøland

Presentation not available

  • T. Abrahamsen, Oslo, Norway
  • M. Daws, Oslo, Norway
  • D. Denning, Manchester, UK
  • S.S. Froland, Oslo, Norway
  • P. Gaustad, Oslo, Norway
  • E. Kvadsheim, Oslo, Norway
  • I. Nordoy, Oslo, Norway
  • G. Ramage, Glasgow, UK
  • E. Roilides, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • K. Rodland, Oslo, Norway
  • T. Zelante, Perugia, Italy
  • T. Schumacher, Oslo, Norway
  • C. Torp Andersen, Oslo, Norway
  • P. E. Verweij, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • A. Warris, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Administrative Secretariat

Institute of Medical Microbiology
Rikshospitalet University Hospital
Sognsvannsveien 20
N-0027 Oslo, Norway

Phone +47 230 71100
Fax +47 230 71110

Peter Gaustad

Phone +47 230 71167

Ingvild Nordøy

Phone +47 230 71158

Course Objectives

The course will provide participants with a review on biological characteristics, including virulence factors, of the most common medically important fungi. In addition, you are updated on the host immune response to these pathogens and future perspectives will be discussed. This is presented with state-of-the-art lectures combined with shorter, more detailed presentations. 


Course Venue

Institute of Medical Microbiology, Rikshospitalet University Hospital, Sognsvannsveien 20, Oslo, Norway.

This course directly precedes the meeting of the Nordic Society of Medical Mycology.

Target Audience

Medical doctors, scientists, clinical microbiologists or pharmacists, involved in diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment of invasive fungal infections. Junior staff members are strongly encouraged to apply.