UCL School of Pharmacy


New Mycology Network launching in February 2020

20 January 2020

The aim of MyCol is to bring together scientists and clinicians from across London and the surrounding areas to discuss mycology, an important but much neglected field of medicine.

Deaths per annum due to fungal infections total over 1 million and are greater than the global mortality due to malaria, breast or prostate cancer. As such, fungal infections are a major socioeconomic problem and represent a global health challenge.

Currently, there is a limited arsenal of antifungal drugs, poor diagnostics and no fungal vaccines. The major challenges facing the medical mycology field include the need to better understand the biological processes that promote fungal pathogenesis and host immunity, and to translate this knowledge into the development of novel therapies, vaccines and diagnostics.

The purpose of MyCoL is to enable the fungal community to get together on a regular basis to discuss their work and exchange ideas, in order to facilitate research collaborations, apply for partnership funding, promote student exchanges and undertake public engagement activities.

Network members will meet three times a year.  At each meeting, 6-8 members will give 5-10 min presentations of their work, followed by discussion. The location of the meetings will rotate, initially at The Francis Crick Institute, UCL and KCL, and later potentially at other venues.



The launch will be on Monday 3rd February 2020 at 3-6pm, at The Francis Crick Institute (1 Midland Road, London). To attend the event, please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/launch-of-mycol-mycology-community-of-lon...

If you cannot attend the launch event, but would like to join MyCoL, please use this link https://form.jotformeu.com/9317916267364


Dr Sudaxshina Murdan

Twitter: @MyCol_London


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