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Venue: QEII Centre, Westminster, London

CPD Accreditation:   Royal College of Pathologists   - 13 Credits for both days

Friday 15th March 2019

0830: Registration and coffee   

1000: Welcome and opening remarks - Dr Samir Agrawal, St Bart’s’ Hospital

1015: Keynote presentation: Using the innate immune system to understand the structure of fungal pathogens - Professor Neil Gow, Exeter

Chair - Dr Samir Agrawal, St Bart’s’ Hospital

1045: Plenary session - The burden of superficial mycoses  (Supported by ISHAM)

Chair - Professor Malcolm Richardson, Manchester

1045: Introduction - Professor Malcolm Richardson, Manchester

1105: The emerging problem of untreatable severe superficial dermatophytosis due to emerging resistance in India - Professor Anuradha Chowdhary, India

1125: The huge problem of vulvovaginal candidosis - Dr Riina Richardson, Manchester

1200: Break

1220: Beyond Haematology and ICU: The challenge of Invasive Fungal Disease in the Solid Organ Transplant Patient Sponsored talk - Gilead

1305: Lunch

1400: Parallel session one -  Point of care Fungal diagnostics  (Supported by ECMM)

Chair - Dr Lewis White, Cardiff

1400: Rapid testing for Candida and Aspergillus - Dr Juergen Prattes, Graz, Austria and Dr Katrien Lagrou, University of Leuven, Belgium

1425: Rapid diagnostic tests for invasive aspergillosis - Dr Katrien Lagrou, University of Leuven, Belgium

1450: Rapid testing for cryptococcus - Dr Tom Harrison, St Georges, London

1400: Parallel session two - Antifungal stewardship - preservation and promotion  (Supported by BSAC)

Chair - Philip Howard, Leeds

1400: Introduction to Antifungal stewardship - Philip Howard, Leeds

1420: Incentives to improve Antifungal stewardship - Laura Whitney, London

1440: Introduction to the BSAC e-learning module on Antifungal stewardship - Dr Stephen Hopping, Manchester

15:00 Panel Debate

1515: Parallel session one - Antifungal management in Haemato-oncology (Supported by BSBMT)

Chair - Dr Samir Agrawal, St Bart’s’ Hospital

1515: Introduction - Dr Olivier Lortholary, Paris, France

1535: Debate - “No Diagnosis - No Antifungals”! Madness or Common Sense - Dr Eduardo Olavarria and Prof. Nicole Blijlevens

             Parallel session two -  (Supported by UKCMN)

Chair - Dr Silke Schelenz

1515: Update UKCMN - Dr Silke Schelenz

1535: Mycology laboratory diagnostics: standards and interpretation of susceptibility testing - Dr Liz Johnson, Bristol

1600: Antifungal resistance - Dr Lewis White, Cardiff

1630: Break

16:55 Plenary session - Interactive case studies

Chair - Dr Jonathan Lambourne, London

17:00 ‘Whats in a name’ - Dr Jonathan Lambourne, London

17:20 Management challenges in India - Professor Anuradha Chowdhary, India

17:40 Disseminated aspergillosis with ibrutinib - or is it? - Dr Olivier Lortholary, Paris, France

1800: End of Day 1

1900: Invited conference dinner to held within the splendor of the Palace of Westminster        


Saturday 16th March 2019

0800: Refreshments available

0830: Plenary session - Clinical lessons and free papers

0830: Comparison of the diagnostic performance of the IMMY sōna Aspergillus galactomannan LFA and the OLM Diagnostics AspLFD - Toine Mercier, Belgium

08:40 Triazole-resistance in invasive aspergillosis in haematology patients: prevalence and impact on mortality - Agustin Resendiz Sharpe, Belgium

08:50 Candidaemia trends and risk factors for mortality over 23 years (1995 - 2018) within the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH): Clinical informatics solutions to real-time, continuous surveillance - Dr James Lester, Cambridge

0900: Plenary session - Host-Pathogen interaction in CNS infection - Dr Rebecca Drummond, Birmingham

0920: Plenary session - Paediatric Mycology  ( Supported by EPMyN)

Chair - Professor Adilia Warris, Aberdeen

0920: Fungal diagnostic biomarkers and imaging - how to use those in children - Thomas Lehrnbecher, Frankfurt, Germany

0945: Epidemiology of neonatal and paediatric candidemia in Europe - Professor Adilia Warris, University of Aberdeen

1010: Fluconazole and micafungin dosing in neonates - Professor Theoklis Zaoutis, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

1035: Antifungal prescription in paediatric patients across the UK - Laura Ferreras Antolin, St Georges, London

1100: Break

1130: Keynote lecture: The rise (and occasional fall) of Candida auris, perspectives from the CDC and PHE - Dr Tom Chiller, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA (ECDC) and Colin Brown, Public Health England

1215: Sponsored session - Pfizer

1300: Lunch

1350: Parallel session one - Meet the Pathogens  (Supported by BMS)

Chair - Professor Elaine Bignell, Manchester

13:50 The toxic sting of Candida albicans; a candidalysin update - Dr Jonathan Richardson, Kings College Hospital, London

14:10 Fluconazole resistance in cryptococcal meningitis - Dr Tihana Bicanic, St Georges, University of London

14:30 Aspergillus fumigatus - Professor Elaine Bignell, Manchester

             Parallel session two - Imaging and Radiology

Chair - Dr Athar Haroon

13:50 The Radiologic Imaging of Fungal disease. - Dr Anu Balan, London

14:10 Nuclear Medicine Techniques for Imaging of Infections - Dr Athar Haroon, London

14:30 Diagnostic ImmunoPET/MR Imaging of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis - Professor Christopher Thornton, University of Exeter

1500: Closing plenary session - Fungal Immunology

Chair - Professor Neil Gow, Exeter

15:00 Influenza and aspergillosis in the ICU - Professor Joost Wauters, Leeuven

15:20 Mechanisms of ibrutinib-induced immune dysregulation and CNS infection - Dr Darius Armstrong James, Imperial College, London

1540: Question Time with the Panel

1610: Closing remarks