Mycology is an area of urgent medical need, with more than 1.5 million deaths worldwide each year caused by fungal infections.
Of all microbial pathogens of humans, fungi are the least well studied and understood. The cost of diagnosing and treating fungal infections also has major economic impact. The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) enables this group of researchers to utilise and expand its critical mass, promoting pioneering cross-disciplinary research that covers areas of scientific, translational and clinical importance.
The MRC CMM, recently relocated to the University of Exeter, is a joint investment by the MRC and the University of Exeter and represents one of the most ambitious strategic investments in medical mycology worldwide. The MRC CMM is based in the Geoffrey Pope building and spans both the College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES) and the College of Medicine and Health (CMH).
The MRC CMM complements and enhances Exeter’s existing strengths in living systems, life sciences and medicine, placing Exeter at the forefront of fungal research at a critical time.
A major activity of the Centre is to increase capacity in fundamental and clinical research in medical mycology through research and training programmes for medical and biosciences students, clinicians and early career researchers.
New opportunities available at all levels at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter to further strengthen an integrated team of exceptional scientists and clinicians from across multiple disciplines to conduct world-leading research aimed at tackling a major global threat to human health.
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Photo above: Welcome Event on the 1st october 2019 to the staff and students forming the MRC CMM at the University of Exeter, who have helped create one of the largest groupings of fungal research experts in the world.