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The 5th MMTN provided a global perspective on the latest regional fungal issues


The Medical Mycology Training Network (MMTN) Conference, organized by the Asia Fungal Working Group (AFWG), is recognized as the seminal fungal disease meeting in the region and continues to be a highly successful event. On November 5-6, 2016, the 5th MMTN was held in Bangkok, Thailand.

The 5th MMTN covered the key advances and challenges in the ever-changing environment of fungal disease management in the Asia Pacific. An esteemed group of international experts, as well as members of the AFWG Board, came together to produce a dynamic program of plenary presentations, interactive workshops and practical sessions. Plenary forum and topical session speakers and facilitators included Professor Bart-Jan Kullberg (The Netherlands), Professor Deborah Marriott (Australia) and Dr Sarah Kidd (Australia), and AFWG Board members Professor Arunaloke Chakrabarti (India), Dr Tan Ban Hock (Singapore), Professor Yee-Chun Chen (Taiwan), Dr Methee Chayakulkeeree (Thailand), Dr Pei-Lun Sun (Taiwan) and Professor Retno Wahyuningsih (Indonesia).

The laboratory breakout session was moderated by Dr Kidd, Professor Chakrabarti and Dr Sun; the clinical breakout session was handled by AFWG Board members Dr Mitzi Chua (Philippines), Professor Zhengyin Liu (China) and Dr Atul Patel (India).

The conference provided a truly global perspective on the latest science and evidence, with a deep dive into practical issues highly relevant to the region. Featured topics included:


  • The evolving fungal landscape
  • Emerging fungi
  • Gaps and needs in Asia
  • The value of the clinical mycology laboratory
  • Hemato-oncology and transplant patients
  • Improving laboratory capabilities for fungal management in Asia
  • Preserving antifungal effectiveness
  • Select fungal cases such as fungal sinusitis, fungal endophthalmitis and the emergence of Candida auris

The laboratory breakout session focused on laboratory techniques for the diagnosis of mycosis and optimizing fungal PCR techniques. The clinical breakout session tackled challenging cases that fueled an engaging interactive discussion.

The 5th MMTN hosted over 80 participants from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.


The MMTN series was established by the AFWG to provide essential knowledge and practical experience in medical mycoses, ultimately helping to improve patient outcomes across the Asia-Pacific region.


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The evolving fungal landscape: New developments, challenges and approaches in fungal diseases, including invasive aspergillosis, invasive candidiasis and candidemia, among others
Professor Bart-Jan Kullberg (The Netherlands)
Optimizing fungal PCR: A review of the advances in optimization and standardization of molecular methods for diagnosing fungal disease, focusing on Aspergillus PCR
Dr Sarah Kidd (Australia)
Improvement in laboratory diagnosis and point-of-care testing: Transformational improvements in laboratory diagnostics and possible future developments that will help improve clinical outcomes in fungal disease
Professor Arunaloke Chakrabarti (India)
Antifungal resistance in Asia – Mechanisms, epidemiology and consequences: An overview of the burden of antifungal resistance in the region and of the limitations of current published data
Professor Yee-Chun Chen (Taiwan)
Candida auris emergence: Insights into an emerging fungal pathogen and why the appearance of this often multidrug-resistant Candida could be a cause for concern
Dr Methee Chayakulkeeree (Thailand)
Deep dermatophytosis: A review of a rare and invasive dermatophyte infection, which may be challenging to manage and study
Dr Pei-Lun Sun (Taiwan)
Fungal rhinosinusitis –Snapshot: An overview of the various fungal diseases in the nose and paranasal sinuses
Professor Arunaloke Chakrabarti (India)
Fungal endophthalmitis – A real problem in Asia: An overview of this rare but sight-threatening infection
Professor Retno Wahyuningsih (Indonesia)



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