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World Aids Day: Crowdfunder launched for lifesaving research into deadly meningitis in HIV

A new University of Exeter crowdfunder has been launched in time for World Aids Day (Thursday December 1), to fund vital research and education aimed at stopping all deaths from a form of meningitis that is deadly to those living with HIV by 2030.

Formal recognition by the WHO of the global burden of human fungal diseases

This week the World Health Organisation (WHO) published the Fungal Pathogen Priority List (FPPL) to guide research, development and public health action in tackling these pathogens. 

Fighting Fungi at university labs at family event for UK Fungus Day

World-leading fungi research is being showcased in a fun and innovative way at a family fun event to mark UK Fungus Day. 

Fungal Infections in Paediatrics" course launched in partnership with Penta

The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter, in partnership with Penta, launched their new course “Fungal Infections in Paediatrics”. 

Exeter academic awarded grant to research a new fungal lineage

A University of Exeter academic has won a Wellcome Trust Career Development Award to research an antifungal-resistant lineage of fungi.

Boy (5) with leukaemia dies of fungal infection: Researcher appointed to help improve diagnosis

A charity set up in memory of a five-year-old boy has funded a researcher to work on finding answers to the deadly fungal infection that claimed his life.

Exeter researcher wins Lister Prize

A University of Exeter researcher has won the prestigious Lister Prize to support her research into fungal pathogens.

Evocative new sculpture to be unveiled at the University of Exeter

An unusual and thought-provoking new sculpture, created to characterize how science is confronting one of the world’s biggest threats to human health and food security, is set to be unveiled at the University of Exeter. 

MRC CMM Member is elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Professor Tom Harrison, one of the Principal Investigators of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, has been elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Researchers discover drug-resistant environmental mould is capable of infecting people

A new study led by Imperial College London, working with the University of Exeter, finds that drug-resistant mould is spreading from the environment and infecting susceptible people’s lungs. 

Whole-genome sequencing reveals new secrets about killer fungus

New research from the University of Exeter reports largest ever whole-genome sequencing project for the potentially fatal yeast infection Candida glabrata from hospitals across Scotland

Our Body is a Planet

The short film "Our Body is a Planet" is the result of the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology’s exploratory artist’s residency with Devon-based artist Léonie Hampton of Still/Moving, in partnership with Arts and Culture, University of Exeter.

Three Exeter researchers win Discovery Fellowships

Three University of Exeter researchers have been awarded prestigious Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Discovery Fellowships.

How do pathogens learn to be pathogens: partnerships between microbes leading to human disease

New research discovered that the fungus Rhizopus fights back against soil predators and human immune cells by partnering with a bacteria called Ralstonia in a two way partnership.

Bid to discover how immune systems recognise fungal invaders

A new research programme aims to define the vital first step in how human immune systems recognise fungal invaders.

Sculpting Medical Mycology - New sculpture commission at the University of Exeter

The Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM) at the University of Exeter will be working with Still/Moving to create a sculptural installation as a means of stimulating thinking and engagement with research undertaken by the Centre, whilst sharing a positive vision for the future.

MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW)

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) took place this year 18-24 November, and the MRC CMM has contributed to several activities surrounding this event. Four MRC CMM members were featured in the art exhibition “Researching Resistance” by Simon Ryder. Professor Adilia Warris was also interviewed speaking about AMR in fungi and what the MRC CMM is doing to tackle this growing issue.  

Vice Chancellor, Prof Lisa Roberts visits the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

The MRC CMM were delighted to welcome our Vice Chancellor, Professor Lisa Roberts, to the MRC Centre on Thursday 11 November. 

MRC CMM labs receive silver LEAF award

After achieving a Bronze award in the 2020/2021 academic year, the MRC CMM have received a silver LEAF award this year.

Fungal diseases expert joins University of Exeter

Professor Nelesh Govender, an expert in fungal diseases and antifungal resistance, has been appointed an Honorary Professor at The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology (MRC CMM).

Exeter researcher wins prestigious paediatric infectious diseases award

Professor Adilia Warris, co-director of The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology based at the University of Exeter, has received this year’s Bill Marshall Award for her pioneering paediatric infectious diseases research.

COVID-19 AND ASPERGILLUS CO-INFECTIONS

Read our summary of emerging evidence around COVID-19 and Aspergillus co-infection, and mucormycosis in India, as well as planned studies to assess COVID-19 associated pulmonary aspergillosis.

 

Antimicrobial resistance expert joins MRC CMM

William Hope appointed Honorary Professor in the College of Medicine and Health

Exeter academics awarded grants for pioneering fungal research

Two scientists from the The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, based at the University of Exeter, have received prestigious Springboard Awards from The Academy of Medical Sciences for their research into a deadly fungal disease.

Five-year funding boost for fungal research centre

A leading fungal research centre has received a further five years' funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC).

New arts/science collaboration launched at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

Fungi are unique. They are neither plants nor animals and are some of the world’s oldest living organisms. The various fungal species are diverse, with many unique properties: some innocuous, some useful, and some harmful. 

MRC CMM Director appointed Babraham Institute trustee

MRC CMM Director Professor Gordon Brown appointed Babraham Institute trustee

Cell biology specialist joins fungal research team

A specialist in cell biology and genetics is set to join the University of Exeter’s leading fungal research centre.

MRC CMM Co-Director Prof. Adilia Warris is deputy PI for the BRACE trial (BCG vaccination to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare workers)

MRC CMM Co-Director, Prof. Adilia Warris, is deputy PI for the BRACE trial (BCG vaccination to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in healthcare workers). 

Meningitis expert joins Exeter fungal research centre

A leading expert on infectious diseases has joined a fungal research team at the University of Exeter.

Study sheds light on killer fungus

Scientists have identified an "Achilles heel" that could help in the fight against a killer fungus.

Mammal cells could struggle to fight space germs

The immune systems of mammals – including humans – might struggle to detect and respond to germs from other planets, new research suggests.

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, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. 

Prof. Elaine Bignell joins MRC Centre for Medical Mycology

Professor Elaine Bignell, one of the world’s leading experts in fungal lung disease, has joined the University’s Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Medical Mycology from the University of Manchester.  

 

Profs. Elizabeth Johnson and Andy Borman appointed as Honorary Professors at the University of Exeter and the MRC CMM

Profs. Elizabeth Johnson and Andy Borman of the PHE mycology lab appointed as Honorary Professors at the University of Exeter and the MRC CMM.

MRC CMM Researchers win places on GW4 Crucible 2020

MRC CMM Researchers win places on GW4 Crucible 2020 

Researchers find new evidence that a fungus can be hard to find

A team of experts have discovered that a common fungus that infects humans can not only predict an imminent attack from the immune system, it will even change its appearance to hide from it.

Lung disease expert to join Exeter fungal centre

A leading expert on how fungal diseases affect human lungs will join the University of Exeter next year.

Major fungal research centre moves to Exeter

A top research centre focussed on tackling fungal diseases has relocated to the University of Exeter.