ONYGENALES 2020: Basic and clinical research advances in dermatophytes and dimorphic fungi in hindsight
The workshop was divided into eight thematic
sessions with 39 presentations by the most acknowledged researchers from all over the globe
such as Maiken C. Arendrup, Pietro Nenoff, Ditte M. Saunte, Anastasia P. Litvintseva, Yvonne
Gräser, Sybren G. de Hoog, Bridget M. Barker, and many others.
“ONYGENALES 2020 was an amazing opportunity to discuss advances in research with the
broader scientific community,” said Vít Hubka, mycologist and organizer of the workshop.
“We gathered new and updated data about epidemiology from many countries. We see that
our knowledge about taxonomy, population genetics and virulent factors of some important
pathogens significantly improved. We are also approaching to have breakpoints for resistance
in some important species and more accurate and standardized antifungal susceptibility testing
methods. But still, we are facing many challenges, for instance in antifungal resistance research
and taxonomy, which may be the basis for future studies,” added Hubka.
The number of ONYGENALES meetings participants is growing since the first workshop in 2016, this time it was more than 100 attendees from 33 countries on-site and on-line. Due to the epidemiological situation which did not allow some lecturers to come to Prague in person, the possibility of online presentation was offered, and all lectures were streamed live. The workshop showed the way how to organize similar global scientific events in the future, despite the difficult situation. The hybrid format allowed the discussion between the on-site and on-line participants while maintaining a friendly and
casual atmosphere.This was made possible thanks to close collaboration with P2M Consulting agency.
A unique exhibition of microworld photos by Alena Kubátová and Iveta Kopicová printed on metal sheets was also a part of the programme.
The workshop was supported by the International Society for Human & Animal Mycology; Faculty of Science, Charles University; Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences; Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology; Department of Dermatology and Venereology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University
and General University Hospital in Prague; Czech Society of Dermatology and Venereology & Czech Society for Medical Microbiology, Members of the Czech Medical Association of J. E. Purkyně.
About ISHAM Working Group ONYGENALES:
ISHAM Working Group ONYGENALES is a worldwide network of professionals and students who are creating a platform for free exchange of ideas and research results. Mutual exchange of basic and applied research data on this platform helps to accelerate the further development of results into application.