ASM Press Announces Publication of Cryptococcus: From Human Pathogen to Model Yeast

August 2010

Joseph Heitman, Duke University Medical Center
Thomas R. Kozel, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Kyung J. Kwon-Chung, NIAID, National Institutes of Health
John R. Perfect, Duke University Medical Center
Arturo Casadevall, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Durham, N.C. — ASM Press recently announced the publication of the book entitled Cryptococcus: From Human Pathogen to Model Yeast. Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and four of his colleagues co-edited the 620-page book which focuses on the dramatic advance of Cryptococcus neoformans as a human fungal pathogen since its first clinical appearance in the 1890s.

Cryptococcus From Human Pathogen to Model Yeast_Heitman_Book CoverFeaturing more than 100 expert authors from around the world, this book offers the full range of scientific and clinical perspectives needed to create this unique, comprehensive overview of Cryptococcus. It covers both the Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii species, examining in detail the life cycle, pathophysiology, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, epidemiology, immunology, and clinical management of this encapsulated yeast. Among the 44 chapters, readers will find several in-depth discussions of the C. gattii outbreak that began on Vancouver Island in 1999 and then spread into the mainland of Canada and the United States, causing infections in both humans and animals.

According to the ASM Press, this book’s detailed, thorough reviews of all the latest advances and progress in the field set a new standard for publications dedicated to a single fungal pathogen. While the book is dedicated to Cryptococcus, it does draw analogies to other pathogenic fungi and, more broadly, to other microbial pathogens. Moreover, this volume demonstrates why Cryptococcus has become a model system for the study and understanding of fungal pathogenesis. As a result, molecular biologists, microbiologists, public health officials, epidemiologists, and infectious disease clinicians will all find this clearly written, carefully referenced, and all-inclusive book to be a highly valuable resource.


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