Fungal diseases are a growing global problem which affects 1.5 billion people every year.  These diseases range from common superficial infections such as thrush, athlete’s foot and nail infections to life-threatening diseases which cause about 1 million deaths every year – more than deaths caused by malaria.  Despite these staggering statistics, it is not widely recognised how much of an impact these fungal infections have on human health. 

Most people will suffer from a superficial fungal infection at least once during their lifetime.  However, those who are particularly susceptible to life-threatening infections can include cancer and transplant patients, patients in intensive care units and those with HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (emphysema). 

Your support can help generate the research discoveries that are urgently required to provide life-changing benefits for all the people worldwide who are suffering from these devastating infections. 

Currently we have no vaccines to prevent infection, a limited range of effective treatments and an inability to rapidly diagnose most of the life-threatening infections – causing deadly delays in the administration of medicines. 

The University’s world-renowned Aberdeen Fungal Group recently became the first research group to be awarded Medical Research Council Centre status for Medical Mycology, dedicated to the field of fungal infection.  This hugely prestigious honour will allow the Group to spearhead innovative cutting-edge research, train the next generation of brilliant scientists and doctors, and increase awareness of the huge challenges we face.  Ultimately the efforts of this group will improve the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of fungal diseases.  To find out more click here www.abdn.ac.uk/cmm

Please support the research activities of the Aberdeen Fungal Group to help save lives and improve the quality of life of all the people worldwide who are sufferings from devastating fungal infections. 

Thank you. 

For more information about the Aberdeen Fungal Group click here www.abdn.ac.uk/cmm.