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Gordon Research Seminar — Immunology of Fungal Infections

26th June 2021   -   27th June 2021
Galveston, United States


More than one billion people worldwide contract fungal infections on an annual basis. For the most part, these are superficial infections that have a severe impact on the quality of life. Invasive fungal infections can affect a select group of patients with specific predisposing factors, yet around 1.5 million people die each year as a result of invasive fungal infections. A deep immunological understanding of fungal infections is crucial in order to reduce the fungal impact on human health. Advances in the field of fungal immunology over the past few years have identified crucial factors that predispose patients to fungal infections, including genetic factors. Essential pathways in mucosal and systemic immune responses to fungi have been uncovered. Most importantly, the increasing knowledge in the immunology of fungal infections has initiated the development of novel therapeutic strategies aimed at improving antifungal immunity or suppressing detrimental immune pathways. Despite these advances, many questions about the complex interaction of fungi, microbiome, and immune system remain unanswered. Therefore, the Gordon Research Seminar provides a platform for early career scientists to build collaborations with clinicians and industry in order to translate fundamental research into personalized medicine and diagnostics for fungal infections. Early-career medical mycologists will be brought together as one collective force at the Immunology of Fungal Infections Gordon Research Seminar to share novel insights, cutting-edge ideas, and new model systems. This can facilitate participating PhD students, post-docs, and young investigators from all over the world to build future collaborations, network, and interact in an informal atmosphere with leading faculty from fundamental as well as clinical research that will be present as discussion leaders and mentors. The collective goal is to help our community understand the latest insights in the mechanisms at play in fungal-host interactions, the immune pathways that protect against fungal infections, and how we can exploit this knowledge to develop novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategies.