Scientific Programme



© 2002 by Michael Schuster

© 2004 by Christophe d'Enfert

Fourth FEBS Advanced Lecture Course
Human Fungal Pathogens:
Molecular Mechanisms of Host-Pathogen Interactions
and Virulence

May 7-13, 2011
La Colle sur Loup


Organized by Steffen Rupp, Christophe d'Enfert and Anita Sil

Course Secretary Sonja Endmeir


Scientific Programme

Outline of the Course

Fungal infections pose a prominent problem for public health. Research on human fungal pathogens has become a very active field over the last two decades. The progressive availability of the genome sequences of the main fungal pathogens of humans and related species has now resulted in a major shift in the strategies that can be applied to study these species. Insertional mutagenesis, transcript profiling, proteomics, etc. are yielding important discoveries on the molecular and cell biology of the fungal pathogens and their interaction with host cells as well as in the understanding of the mechanisms that underlie antifungal resistance.

The course has been designed to provide the students with both an overview of the current knowledge and an update on the most recent advancements in several fields that encompass most of the molecular research conducted on fungal pathogens. The following topics will be covered in main symposia: comparative and evolutionary genomics, signalling and morphogenesis, mating, host-fungus interactions, cell wall dynamics and antifungal resistance and development. These symposia will be mirrored by workshops and poster sessions providing the participants with the opportunity to present their results.

The organization of this Advanced Lecture Course is made possible through support from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies.

Scientific Programme

There will be 5 Symposia, each chaired by a leading scientist acting as a discussion leader. The chair shall also give an introduction to the topic of the particular symposium.

List of Invited Lecturers and Chairs

Key-note Lecture (May 7)

  • Gordon Brown, University of Aberdeen, UK:
    PRRs, immune cells and fungal-host interactions

Symposium 1 (May 8): Pathogenic fungi – genomics, evolution and epidemiology
John Taylor (University of California at Berkeley, USA), Symposium chair

Symposium 2 (May 9): Sensing and interacting with the host and microbial environment
Joy Sturtevant, Symposium chair

Symposium 3 (May 10): Antifungal strategies and mechanisms of resistance
Jean-Paul Latgé (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France), Symposium chair

Symposium 4 (May 11): Host defense mechanisms and fungal attack
Mihai Netea (Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Symposium chair

Symposium 5 (May 12): Systems biology in pathogenesis
Ken Haynes (Imperial College London, UK), Symposium chair

Closing Lecture (May 12)

  • Barbara Howlett, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia:
    Fungal pathogenesis of plants and animals

Oral Presentations

"Workshop Talks" of 12 or 20 minutes will be delivered during afternoon or evening sessions by principal investigators, graduate students or postdocs. The Scientific Advisory Board will select all oral presentations based on submitted abstracts. Thus applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts since this will be taken into consideration in the case of over-subscription.

Poster Session

The poster session represents a vital part of the course. All abstracts, whether or not selected for oral presentations, will be on display as posters during the entire course to give plentiful time for informal discussions among participants.

Young Investigator Awards

All abstracts submitted by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows as first authors are subject to scientific evaluation by selected SAB members. The best 4 oral presentations and 4 posters will be awarded a surprise prize, the "HFP2011 Young Investigator Award", at the end of the course.


Please note: A short Timetable, including all types of scientific presentations, provides a brief overview of this Advanced Lecture Course.

Please note: You can download and freely distribute the HFP2011 First Announcement as well as the course poster as PDF.