Plans Underway for Keystone Symposia’s 2012 Meeting

Durham, NC (March 2011) – Plans are underway for Keystone Symposia’s 2012 meeting on Fungal Pathogens: From Basic Biology to Drug Discovery to be held in Sante Fe, NM January 15-20, 2012. Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke, John Taylor, PhD, of the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology of the University of California Berkeley, and Leah Cowen, PhD, of the Department of Molecular Genetics of the University of Toronto, are co-organizing the event.

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 opportunities. Among both basic and physician-scientists, the goal is to bridge those working on the pathogenic microbe (via genetics, cell biology, genomics) and the host (immunology, including both innate and adaptive immunity). With respect to therapeutics, the emphasis is on developed as well as novel therapeutics, including both drugs and vaccines. Finally, a key aspect is to bridge the communities working on the diversity of fungi that infect humans, and also those working on the chytrid outbreak causing amphibian decline and extinctions.

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.

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Preparations for the conference are in progress and detailed information can be found on the Keystone Symposia web site. For questions or further information about the meeting, please contact Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, John Talyor, PhD, or Leah Cowen, PhD.

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