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MSA meetings

Deadlines for meetings and courses

The MSA abstract deadline is today (March 15) for the 2012 meeting at Yale this summer

Application for the Woods Hole Molecular Mycology course is April 11 at the Marine Biological Lab.  A fantastic summer course providing hands-on molecular experience with techniques in working with filamentous and yeast biology and a series of lectures on topics from fungal pathogenesis, immunology, animal models, career development, and some basic techniques for fungal bioinformatics. The course is August 1-17.

The Gordon Conference on Cellular and Molecular Fungal Biology is coming June 17-22 in Holderness, NH. The deadline for registration is May 20 but it can be oversubscribed so go register now if you want to attend.

MSA 2012 registration is open

The website for the MSA 2012 meeting to be held 16-18 July at Yale University  is now available on-line at

Abstract submission ( and registration ( will open February 1, and abstract submission will close on March 15.

The Karling Lecturer this year will given by Barbara Valent, Distinguished Professor of Genetics at Kansas State University.

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 ( and Joe Heitman at Duke University (


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.

Still time to register for MSA

Abstract deadline and early registration deadlines have been extended for MSA meeting which will be held June 28 – July 1 in Lexington, KY.


Have YOU registered for the joint meeting of the Mycological Society of America and the International Symposium on Fungal Endophytes of Grasses yet? If not, don’t despair, you still have a chance to see and be seen by everyone who is anyone in the mycological /endophyte world: join us in Lexington at the Hilton Hotel and Convention Center, June 28-July 1. The meeting price is a real deal, the registration fee INCLUDES your tickets for the opening social (with real, live bluegrass fiddlers) and the closing banquet at the Kentucky Horse Park, featuring the infamous MSA auction, and the side-splitting antics of the Moron Brothers musical and comedy duo. Be sure not to leave until July 2, so you won’t miss all the fun! Come on down, what are you waiting for, register now!!! Register, book hotel rooms (even find roommates and carpool buddies), and submit your abstracts at our meeting website,

Program Chair: Tom Horton

Local Arrangements Committee: Lisa Vaillancourt and Chris Schardl

Neurospora 2010 and upcoming fungal conferences

Don’t forget to register for Neurospora 2010 held at the beautiful Asilomar Conference center in Pacific Grove, CA held April 8-11, 2010. Get your filamentous fungi fix here!

Also save the date for some other important upcoming conferences you may consider attending

Other evolutionary and genomics meetings

The S. Bartnicki-Garcia travel award

Frontiers in Fungal Biology logoAnnounced today at the 10th Frontiers in Fungal Biology meeting in Ensenada, Baja California: In honor of his contributions to research in cell biology fungi, in particular the growth of hyphae in fungi, critical work supporting the characterization of the Spitzenkörper,  development numerous approaches for microscopic and biochemical characterization of fungal cell walls, and uncovering molecular mechanisms for growth and morphogenesis in filamentous fungi, a named award will be established for Salomón Bartnicki-García, Director in the Department of Microbiology at CICESE and Professor Emertius at UC Riverside. He has been honored in the past upon his retirement from UCR in a special issue in Fungal Genetics and Biology and by the Mycological Society of America as a Distinguished Mycologist.  He truly defined a field in fungal biology and is well deserving of a named award at MSA.  It is fitting that the announcement was made during a meeting he co-organized in Ensenada and also on the 50th anniversary of his 1st publication (BARTNICKI-GARCIA S AND W. J. NICKERSON. The yeast-like form of Mucor rouxii. 1959; Abst. IX Intern. Botan. Congr. (Montreal), v. 2, p. 22.).

There is an ongoing collection for donations to found this award both in direct monetary gifts and through the sale of some fantastic calendars designs and T-shirts. I am not sure if the T-shirts and calendars will be available online at all, but I expect additional fund raising through MSA auction and other events will work to raise the necessary capital to endow this award. Contact Terry Hill and Meritxell Riquelme for more information or to make a contribution.

Summer 2008, Mycological Meetings

A few of the summer meetings that relate to fungal biology and evolution. 

Hope to see you at some of these.