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.
In addition to a high number of personal observations shared by clinicians who have been taking care of patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis as a complication of severe COVID-19 disease in intensive care units across the world, papers are now being published and a study is planned to assess COVID-19 associated pulmonary aspergillosis. Key developments are highlighted here.
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 our multidisciplinary team.
**Now recruiting outstanding Immunologists and Scientists working in antimicrobial resistance.**
Prof. Gordon Brown elected Royal Society Fellow
Professor Gordon Brown, Director of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology and a leading scientist from the University of Exeter, is among 51 new Fellows, 10 Foreign Members and one Honorary Fellow selected for their “outstanding contributions to scientific understanding”.