Annual Focus on Fungal Infections was held at the beautiful Pointe Hilton at
Tapatio Cliffs, Phoenix, Arizona, March 20th
2002. Drs. Elias Anaissie from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
Center and Michael Rinaldi from the University of Texas Health Science Center
co-chaired the meeting and assembled a full and diverse program.
The first day was highlighted by a keynote
address from Dr. K.J. Kwon-Chung of the National Institutes of Health. In Dr. Chung’s presentation, “My
Life with Cryptococcus
—Perspectives from a Career in Mycology,” she
recapped the milestones of her 28-year career as a bench scientist studying C.
. Other topics presented included the relevance of clinical
laboratory diagnosis in the management of patients with invasive fungal
On the second day, topics included
recommended treatment options and therapeutic strategies for patients at risk
for invasive fungal infections. The keynote speaker was Dr. Thomas Walsh from
the National Cancer Institute. His presentation, entitled “Preventive
Aspects of Antifungal Therapy—Making Sense of Presumptive vs Preemptive
vs Prophylactic vs Maintenance Strategies,” is summarized in this
This newsletter will focus on some of the
current major issues facing clinicians in the management of invasive fungal
infections as presented during the meeting.
The opinions and views expressed in
the articles listed below reflect those of the presenters at the 12th Annual
Focus on Fungal Infections meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, March 20–22, 2002
and do not necessarily represent the opinions or recommendations of mycosesstudygroup.org, the
conference organizer, or the supporting companies.
These articels may contain
information about experimental or other uses of drugs and devices that are not
currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the United States or
the regulatory authorities of other countries. Readers are requested to consult
the approved product labeling for any drug or device mentioned in this
newsletter before use.
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