Professor Monica Slavin - Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Monica Slavin - Royal Melbourne Hospital

Location: 
Davis Auditorium
Start Time: 
Mon, 18/03/2019 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Mon, 18/03/2019 - 1:00pm

Fungal infections and the immunocompromised host: changing epidemiology

​Postgraduate lecture series hosted by Dr Anna Coussens

The field of mycology continues to evolve. Changes in immunosuppression use  result in new patterns of infection. Two of the leading opportunistic infections remain CMV and invasive fungal infection and their occurrence is related.  New antifungal drugs are being studied which will have advantages in treatment of azole resistant fungal infections and these drugs are needed with the emergence of Candida auris and mould infections in transplant recipients. Increasing antifungal resistance mandates a strong stewardship response and rapid diagnostic tests are needed to direct therapy in this patient group. Genomics are another tool increasingly applied for epidemiology and infection prevention. The new frontiers for study in this vulnerable patient group are manipulating the microbiome and host immune response to prevent and treat infection. Expertise and collaboration across disciplines is needed to develop and implement these interventions in the immunocompromised population.