The Fungal Infection Trust is a charity based in the UK and is the successor to the Fungal Research Trust, which was founded in 1991. The charity's aims are:
• to promote education about fungal diseases for example those caused by Candida, Cryptococcus and Aspergillus infections, and also the role of these fungi in allergies
• to support scientific research into these fungi and the illnesses associated with them
• to improve the diagnosis and treatment of fungal illnesses and to support the training of specialised scientists working in this specialised medical area (mycology).
The FIT set up and supports The Aspergillus Website a resource which provides educational information and support for patients, doctors and scientists who deal with Aspergillus infections. Aspergillus infections can be fatal in people undergoing treatments for cancer, after transplant, and those whose immune system is supressed for whatever reason, including steroid treatments. Aspergillus can also cause long term destructive lung and sinus diseases.
September 2016: MANCHESTER FIRST AS e-LEARNING COURSE IN FUNGAL MICROSCOPY IS LAUNCHED WORLDWIDE TO HELP SAVE LIVES
Scientists estimate that of the 5 million fungus species on Earth around 600 cause disease in humans. It is a challenge to diagnose a serious fungal infection in real time and this course is aimed at teaching a rapid method of diagnosis.
Experts in Manchester have now developed the world’s first Fungal Microscopy online course. It is aimed at doctors, clinical scientists and laboratory technologists across the world, and because it is online students in poorer countries where the need for information is greatest will now be able to learn how to recognize most pathogenic fungi.
The number of people with expertise in fungal microscopy is at an historic low globally. Despite major technical developments in diagnostics and treatment the availability of rapid diagnostic methods is very poor in many parts of the world. This deficit contributes to the annual death toll of over 1,600,000 people from fungal disease each year.
The course will teach not only how to rapidly and accurately diagnose life-threatening fungal infections, but also how to set up direct microscopy in a diagnostic laboratory. It is available now at www.microfungi.net
Dr. David Denning, Professor of Infectious Disease in Global Health at The University of Manchester – and one of the course designers stated: ”The global prevalence of fungal diseases is increasing due to increases in susceptible patients (cancer therapies, organ transplantation, asthma, chronic lung diseases) and international travel. Very few diagnostics are as rapid as microscopy and it is inexpensive. Our course will enable any microbiologists and pathologists to rapidly diagnose most fungal infections in minutes, saving lives.”
The course was designed by Dr. Jenny Bartholomew, Michael Clarke, Prof David Denning, Dr. Riina Richardson, Dr. Emyr Benbow & Dr. Ruth Ashbee, with contributions from mycology experts globally.
Project LIFE competition (http://projectlifecompetition.org/resources)
The course includes knowledge assessments, tests, quizzes and practice assessments. Participants who pass the final assessment are awarded a certificate of completion accredited by The University of Manchester. The FIT is grateful to Gilead Sciences Europe for their educational grant to support the second phase of the course’s development.
Read about some of our magnificent supporters and their stories here
Jenny Long completed the London Marathon 2015 in aid of the Fungal Infection Trust in 3hrs 59mins 40secs - a personal best time so congratulations to Jenny!
Jenny Long who is training to be an ENT surgeon, in between her clinics at Northwick Park Hospital.
Jenny bravely agreed to wear a giant mushroom hat – to represent the source of fungi - so she really stood out on the day and to date has raised the magnificant sum of £3600 towards FIT's project funds (target £150 000).
Fungal Infection Trust publishes its Strategy 2015 - 2018 document. - January 2015.
LIFE promoted education and awareness of fungal disease to the Latin American medical community at INFOCUS 2014 - October 2014. An important step in achieving the aims of LIFE is to reach out the the medical community around the world. Latin America is a large and important target audience. Details
Online drug interactions for patients on antifungal medicines – an electronic resource for health practitioners - May 9th 2014
Medication safety has never been more important for the effective care of patients. A comprehensive new review has identified 1991 potential or recorded interactions between antifungal agents and other medicines. This resource is today launched online to improve patient safety. See more and press release
Professor Jonathan Cooke joins the Fungal Infection Trust Board - May 6 th 2014
Professor Jonathan Cooke, a pharmacologist and pharmacist, has joined the Board of the Fungal Infection Trust (FIT). Professor Cooke is visiting Professor of at both Imperial College London and the University of Manchester and, was previously Director of Research and Development and Director of Pharmacy and at the University Hospital of South Manchester. His appointment brings a wealth of expertise to the Board related to antifungal drugs, antimicrobial resistance and health professional education. view full press release
The FIT is launching its database of Antifungal drug Interactions at ECCMID 2014. Designed to assist patient & carers to check their own medications for severity of interaction with any other drugs they may be taking, this is an important aid to safety. NB a version of the same database designed to be used by medical professionals will also be available shortly. For those who prefer the convenience of their smartphones for browsing, the database is also available as an APP for both Android and iPhone for a small donation to the FIT.
LIFE worldwide is now available in Spanish March 2014
FIT Sponsorship of Mycology Masters UK student 2013
International burden of fungal disease presented at Berlin meeting ECCMID 2013
view press release here
John Wood Collins joins the board -view press release.
Manchester Entrepreneur joins Rebranded Fungal Infection Trust November 1st.
View the FIT in 2011- 20 years of the Fungal Infection Trust (formerly Fungal Research Trust).
Project LIFE art & music competition for ages 13 - 18 Press release. View the judges shortlisted entries, Top three prize winners announced. November 2nd.
Celebrating 20 years of the Fungal Research trust a meeting for Scientists, Doctors, Patients and Carers will be held in London on June 18th 2011. View the programme and Press releases.