IFS 2017 Provisional Programme

Day 1

9.30-9.40: Welcome Talk

Session 1 Industrial Biotechnology/microbiology:

9.30-10.00: Dr. Andy Bailey, University of Bristol; Fungal secondary metabolite gene clusters.

10.00-10.30: Dr. Marilyn G. Wiebe, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland; Improving Production of Mucic Acid, an Organic Diacid with Fungi.

10.30-10.45: Dr. Mary Heneghan, Institute of Technology Sligo; Establishing Polyketide Biosynthetic Pathways in Beauveria bassiana.

10.45-11.00: Raúl A. Ortiz-Merino, University College Dublin; Zygosaccharomyces parabailii: a hybrid species which regained fertility after whole-genome duplication.

11.00-11.30: Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.00: Dr. Andre Canelas, Kerry Foods; Application of Industrial yeast and fungi for food production.

12.00-12.15: Ronan O’Donnell, Institute of Technology Sligo; Development of an efficient Rasamsonia emersonii ‘Molecular toolkit’ and transformation system.

12.15-12.30:Dr. Sinéad Phelan, Teagasc; Does the introduction of resistant potato lines or the application of fungicides effect local populations of Phytophthora infestans?.

12.30-13.30: Lunch

Session 2 Antifungal Agents Session:

13.30-14.00: Prof. Ted White, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Analysis of azole resistance mechanisms using overexpression in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

14.00-14.30: Dr. Jerry Reen, University College Cork; A Systems Approach to Mining Cellular Communication Networks.

14.30-14.45:Qinxi Ma, University College Dublin; Mechanism of action of medium chain fatty acids as antifungal agents against Candida albicans and Candida parapsilosis.

14.45-15.00: Siobhán A. Turner, University College Dublin; Identification of novel repressors of adhesion in Candida parapsilosis

15.00-15.15: Tea/Coffee.

Session 3 Case Studies Session:

15.15-15.45: Dr. Nuala O’Connell,University Hospital Limerick; A romp through emerging issues in clinical mycology.

15.45-15.55: Case Study 1: Dr. Donnchadh O’Sullivan, University Hospital Limerick; A Rare Case of Bilateral Upper Lobe Aspergillomas in a Paediatric Patient with Cystic Fibrosis.

15.55-16.05: Case Study 2: Dr. Julie Mac Mahon,Mater University Hospital Dublin; Aggressive cutaneous dermatophyte infection in a cardiac transplant patient

16.05-16.15: Case Study 3: Ruth Waldron,St. James Hospital Dublin; Candida krusei pericarditis in an immunosuppressed patient: A case report.

16.15-16.25: Case Study 4: Aia Mohamed,St. James Hospital Dublin; An unusual case of mucormycosis post lobectomy

16.25-16.35: Case Study 5: Grace Chan,University Hospital Waterford; Cryptococcal Conundrum

Session 4: Posters:

16.35-17.30: Poster Session.

19.30: Conference Dinner. Strand Hotel.


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Session 1 Fungal Pathogens:


9.30-10.00: Dr. Jorge Amich, Manchester Fungal Infection Group (MFIG), University of Manchester; Sulphur metabolism in Aspergillus fumigatus infection: in search of new antifungal treatments.

10.00-10.15: Dr. Emma Reece, Trinity College Dublin; Aspergillus fumigatus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa Co-Colonisation in Cystic Fibrosis.

10.15-10.30: Gerard Sheehan, Maynooth University; The human cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide LL-37 augments the growth of the pulmonary pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus.

10.30-10.45: Dr. Katie Dunne, Trinity College Dublin; A prospective screen of clinical and environmental isolates of Aspergillus fumigatus for triazole resistance Aspergillus fumigatus.

10.45-11.00: Peter Flanagan, Trinity College Dublin; Heterologously expressed Candida albicans TLO genes exhibit variable phenotypes

11.00-11.30: Tea/Coffee

11.30-12.00: Dr. Helen Grogan, Teagasc; Mushroom production/pathology.

12.00-12.30: Dr. Magdalena Martin-Uridoz, University of Exeter; Analysing pathogenic genes in the Rice-Blast fungus.

12.30-12.45:Charley McCarthy, Maynooth University; Horizontal gene transfer analysis and phylogenomic reconstruction of the oomycetes.

12.45-13.00: Jamie McGowan, Maynooth University; Genomic,
Network and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Oomycete Effector Arsenal.

13.00-13.30: Irish Fungal Society AGM

Packed Lunch

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