The Final ImResFun Scientific Conference of the EC-funded Marie-Curie Initial Training Network ImResFun is now announced.

Publication: Candidalysin is a fungal peptide toxin critical for mucosal infection

ITN Practical Course "C2a", Barcelona, Spain (May 10-15, 2015)

ITN Meeting, La Colle sur Loup, France (May 16, 2015)

HPF2015, La Colle sur Loup, France (May 16-22, 2015)

ITN Practical Course "S3" & "C3", Madrid, Spain (July 6-10, 2015)

ITN Mid-Term Review Meeting, Vienna, Austria (November 3, 2015)

ITN Practical Course "S5" & "C5", Tübingen, Germany (May 9-11, 2016)

ITN Lecture Course "S4" & "C4", Szeged, Hungary (July 2-8, 2016)

ITN Practical Course "S6" & "C6", Göttingen, Germany (October 26-28, 2016)

ITN Symposium "S7" & Final Consortium Meeting, Innsbruck, Austria (January 28-30, 2017)


Molecular Mechanisms of Fungal Pathogen-Host Interactions

host pathogen interaction schematic illustrationImResFun will study fungal infectious diseases caused by the most common human fungal pathogens, the opportunistic Candida species. The key objectives of ImResFun include

  • to understand how epithelia, immune cells and infected organs respond to invasion by Candida spp,
  • to decipher host-defense mechanisms mediating pathogen elimination, and
  • to identify genetic networks driving the dynamics of host-pathogen interactions.

To improve diagnosis and identify novel biomarkers of invasive fungal infections, ImResFun will focus on basic mechanisms of pathogenesis and host immunity. Importantly, ImResFun provides the framework to directly translate experimental results into clinical practice by identifying potential targets for antifungal drug discovery. The training and research program of ImResFun cover molecular mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions using infection models, clinical samples from patients with age-related infections, chemical biology and antifungal target development, as well as bioinformatics and genome-wide data analysis.

Final Scientific Conference of ImResFun

We would like to invite you to attend the Final Scientific Conference of the EC-funded Marie-Curie Initial Training Network ImResFun This high level international meeting will conclude the project.

The conference will take place from September 3-7, 2017 in Innsbruck, one of the most beautiful cities in the Austrian Alps. Attendance is limited to a maximum of 120 participants. Registration will open on May 1, 2017. Participation will be on a first-come-first-serve basis, but submission of abstracts is strongly encouraged, as preference will be given to participants with submitted abstracts. The all-inclusive registration fee of 680€ for students and postdoctoral fellows and 780€ covers four nights hotel accommodation, all food (lunch/dinner), coffee breaks and access to the meeting, well as conference materials. The scientific program and detailed information will be available here at the end of March 2017.

ImResFun aimed for a better understanding of mechanisms driving the interplay of fungal pathogens with the host immune system, and how a host response promotes invasive fungal diseases or clearance of pathogens. Thus, the 3,5 day conference will discuss our current knowledge concerning the molecular basis of fungal pathogen-host interactions. The exciting program includes two keynote plenary lectures, 14 invited plenary talks by leading scientists from Europe and the USA. Junior faculty members, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows will have the opportunity for oral presentations, owing to a large number of talks selected from submitted abstracts. Poster sessions will offer additional opportunities for scientific exchange.

Moreover, we plan to have moderated round table discussions with leaders in the field to network and discuss how we can better support the medical mycology research and make it attractive for research careers by increasing visibility in the public as well as in funding agencies.

Finally, afternoons will be free, offering all participants ample opportunities to closely interact during fishing, hiking, biking and climbing activities in the breathtaking mountains surrounding Innsbruck.