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WTSA Symposium, Cadbury House, Bristol, 20th March 2018

A symposium marking the end of the WTSA MMFI was held in Bristol on 20th March 2018.

18 project holders gave short presentations of their work to an audience including project supervisors, invited guests from the British Society for Medical Mycology, Chair of the WTSA International Scientific Advisory Board, Professor Tom Patterson and Dr Alexina Weekes from the Wellcome Trust. 

 WTSA Symposium group 2018

Killer Fungus@Manchester Science Festival

On 24th October 2017, the WTSA MMFI and Manchester Fungal Infection Group (MFIG) took the Killer Fungus exhibit to the Manchester Science Festival as a Platform for Investigation (Pi) in the Museum of Science and Industry.

Many elements of the original Killer Fungus exhibit remained, including the Fungal Invaders and Evolution computer games, videos of a giant petri dish growing fungi and researchers’ stories, a human manikin to demonstrate sites of fungal infection and clay modelling stations where incredible models of fungi were made.

This Killer Fungus event also had an exciting new addition: Outbreak! This app-based, role-playing game simulated a fungal disease outbreak, where teams were able to collect clues and QR codes to find the cause.  People had to sign up for the game on the day and it was so popular, it sold out within two hours!  Over 1200 visitors attended the one day event, which was a resounding success.

The WTSA MMFI would like to thank our colleagues in the MFIG for all their hard work in helping to deliver KillerFungus@Manchester Science Festival - a superb team effort!

You can see more of the Pi and download the computer games from the Killer Fungus webpage.

UoA Team ManchesterOutbreak HQ

Aberdeen volunteers                                Outbreak HQ

fungal modelsUMIG team

       Clay Fungal Models                  Manchester Volunteers


Microbiology Society Fungal Disease Briefing Paper

The briefing which was published on 7th March 2016 highlights the important, but often overlooked, public health burden of human fungal diseases. In particular, we consider potentially life-threatening fungal infections, such as invasive candidiasis blood infections and aspergillosis respiratory infection, which affect millions of immunocompromised patients, such as HIV/AIDS and chemotherapy patients. Fungal diseases are not just a problem for human health, but also pose significant threats to our ash trees, animal health and food security.

To read more please visit the following link Fungal Disease Briefing.

International Research Programme - Meet the Students

This scholarship funds students from low- and middle-income countries to study a 12-month MRes in Medical Mycology and Fungal Immunology at the University of Aberdeen followed by a 3-year PhD at a UK university. Meet five of our students who have graduated from the MRes course and are now studying for their PhDs at different universities in the UK. Visit Meet the Students.


For an up-to-date list of all the awards made by the WTSA MMFI, please visit Awards for a list of the awardees and details of their projects.

The Global Fight Against Fungal Diseases - Challenges and looking ahead

This video was edited by Healthcare 21 at no cost as a contribution to the global efforts to reduce deaths from fungal disease.

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