Upcoming Fungal themed conferences

Several upcoming meetings may be of interest to those working on fungi, fungal genetics & genomics, and pathogenesis.

Keystone Symposia’s 2012 Meeting on Fungal Pathogens: From Basic Biology to Drug Discovery
2012 Keystone Fungal Pathogens Flyer
The conference will be held January 15-20th in Santa Fe New Mexico and is poised to be a milestone for the field. The aim of this meeting is to bring together the academic, medical and pharmaceutical communities focused on fungal microbial pathogens of humans and other animals to illustrate common themes, and therapeutic, diagnostic and preventive strategies. Opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions will be significantly enhanced by the concurrent meeting on Drug Discovery for Protozoan Parasites, which will share the keynote session and two plenary sessions with this meeting. By bringing together leading experts on multiple pathogens from distinct scientific arenas, this meeting will surmount barriers that have emerged from more limited interactions between traditionally disparate organism-centric communities. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to obtain mentoring on issues spanning grant writing, career development, and publication in top-tier journals. During free time in the afternoon, meeting participants will be able to enjoy skiing at the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountain range easily accessible by a complementary shuttle. The Convention Center is located within a few blocks of museums, art galleries, restaurants, and the Sante Fe marketplace, where local Indians exhibit and sell hand-crafted products. More details on the conference, activities and services can be found at the meeting website.


FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis
FASEB Microbial Pathogenesis 2011
A FASEB summer meeting devoted to will be held July 24-29, 2011, in Snowmass Colorado
This long running highly successful meeting is unique in the area of infectious diseases, and brings together investigators working across the entire discipline, including mycology, parasitology, virology, bacteriology, and host response/immunology. The meeting is small and focused, with 100 to 120 participants, providing outstanding opportunities for interactions among investigators. Many talks remain to be chosen from submitted abstracts, and a key aspect of the meeting is promoting career development and opportunities for younger investigators, including junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students. The meeting setting in Snowmass, Colorado is also lovely and auspicious, providing ample opportunities for hiking, bicycling, fly fishing, and river rafting. Further information can be obtained from the meeting chair and co-chair, Peggy Cotter at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (peggy_cotter@med.unc.edu) and Joe Heitman at Duke University (heitm001@duke.edu).


Comparative genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms: understanding the complexity of diversity
EMBO Conference website
15 – 20 October, 2011, in Sant Feliux, Spain.
Comparative genomics is a rapidly developing field. Europe has been at the forefront of eukaryotic microbial genome sequencing and the analysis and comparison of these genomes. The first eukaryote sequenced, the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, laid the foundation for the post-genomic era where we are dealing with this wealth of information. Many of the organisms are models for particular biological processes, others are used in industry, are pathogens of plants, animals and humans, are important in ecology, or largely contribute to our understanding of eukaryote evolution. In this conference we bring together the experts from around the world to meet and discuss with interested participants the current state of and future of comparative genomics of eukaryotic microorganisms.This conference will address the big evolutionary questions of what makes a eukaryote, how multicellularity arose, the evolution of reproduction, pathogenesis, and so on. Lineages of the Eukaryotic Tree of Life (TOL) that until now received only moderate attention, such as the Excavates, Archaeoplastids, Amoebozoa and Choanozoa, will be discussed, together with the better studied Chromalveolates and Fungi.Organizers: Teun Boekhout, Amparo Querol, Ed Louis


2011 Mycological Society of America
2-5 August, 2011 Fairbanks, Alaska
Abstract registration extended until April 30!
The first MSA meeting in Alaska is sure to be exciting and adventure filled.

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