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21st Century Medicine: Emerging fungal threats

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Emerging fungal threats to animal, plant and ecosystem health


The fungi kingdom is a biodiverse and essential component of our habitable planet. However, in recent decades we have seen an increase in the number of pathogenic fungi infecting natural populations and managed landscapes.
In both animals and plants, the increase in fungal diseases is causing some of the most severe deaths and extinctions ever witnessed in wild species. Fungi are increasingly being recognised as a worldwide threat to food security and the healthy functioning of ecosystems.
In parallel, clinicians and biomedical scientists are fighting emerging fungal pathogens infecting millions of people each year. There are signs that fungi are becoming increasingly resistant to frontline antifungal therapies. Despite rapid progress being made, more needs to be done to tackle this fungal pandemic.
Join Professor Matthew Fisher (Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London) as he discusses the challenges that exist as a result of emerging fungal diseases and the potential weaknesses in the medical treatment of fungal infections.




Professor Matthew Fisher works on emerging pathogenic fungi and heads a research group at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College London. His research uses an evolutionary framework to investigate the biological and environmental factors that are driving emerging fungal diseases across human, wildlife and plant species.

These interactions are leading to an upswing of new fungal infections in new places, causing new (and exacerbating old) human diseases. Professor Fisher’s research group is focused on developing genomic, epidemiological and experimental models to uncover the factors driving these EIDs and to attempt to develop new methods of diagnosis and control.

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