LIVING WITH IT WORKING WITH IT TREATING IT
Shila Seaton, Bacteriology Scheme Manager, UK NEQAS for Microbiology, Public Health England
Dr. P. Lewis White, Principal Clinical Scientist, Public Health Wales Microbiology, Cardiff
Prof. Dr. Clemens Decristoforo, Radiopharmacist, Univ.Klinik f.Nuklearmedizin, Innsbruck, Austria
Dr. Martin Hoenigl, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Dr. Jonathan Lambourne, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, Barts Health NHS Trust, London
Dr. Inês Ushiro-Lumb, Lead Clinical Microbiologist for Organ Donation and Transplantation, NHS Blood and Transplant, London
Dr. Sharleen Braham, Clinical Scientist, King’s College Hospital, London
Dr. Duncan Wilson, Research Fellow, Aberdeen Fungal Group, University of Aberdeen
Prof. Patricia Muñoz, Division of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Madrid, Spain
Dr. Eavan Muldoon, Consultant in Infectious Diseases, University Hospital of South Manchester
Prof. Adilia Warris, Principal Investigator, Aberdeen Fungal Group, University of Aberdeen
Dr. Mike Bromley, Lecturer, Institute of Inflammation and Repair, University of Manchester
Created by Patrick Hickey for the “Killer Fungus” exhibit at the 2016 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition
Global fungal killers and life-threatening infections
Fungi are everywhere, and a few species can cause very serious lethal infections. Fungal infections
Fungi are everywhere. They’re present in the air, in our food, some even live inside our bodies. But most of us rarely think about diseases caused by fungi. This is because our defences do a really good job in keeping them in check.
Candida albicans is one of the fungal species most commonly causing life threatening infections in vulnerable patients. Our group is studying the mitochondria in Candida albicans cells.
Every day we inhale hundreds of fungal spores but these in healthy individuals are efficiently eliminated by specialist immune cells called phagocytes which engulf and kill them. However, some human illnesses interfere with this defence mecha
My research is focused on infections caused by Aspergillus, which is present in the environment all around us.
Cryptococcus, like many fungi, produces spores that are found in the air that we breathe. These spores will be inhaled into our lungs but they do not cause any harm because of our immune defences.
We can view an infection as a battle between the human host and the microbial invader. The outcome of which decides whether the host remains healthy or succumbs to disease.
I have Sarcoidosis, Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CPA) and a very low CD4 count. I have challenged myself to do a daily vlog for 30 days
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Stewart Armstrong has chronic pulmonary aspergillosis and has undertaken to record a video of every day of his life for a month in order to help raise awareness of aspergillosis and how it impacts their daily lives.