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Awareness. Education. Saving Lives.
Over 300 million people are acutely or chronically infected by fungi, leading to death, long term illness, blindness, psychological problems and reduced work capacity. Many recent improvements in diagnostics and treatment have not reached treating clinicians in all countries, and access to appropriate diagnostics and simple antifungal agents is far from universal. This needs to change.
LIFE aims to provide the latest information on the most common human pathological fungi, the diseases they cause and their diagnostics and treatment. LIFE is led by Professor David Denning who has been caring for patients with fungal infection for 30 years.Learn more
Become an expert in fungal disease
Microscopy and Histology E-Course
Webinar series: Coming Soon
LIFE-Worldwide and the Fungal Infection Trust are producing a series of 1-hour webinars aimed at illustrating and explaining the full range of diagnostic techniques in use at the National Aspergillosis Centre for the purpose of diagnosing fungal infections, as practised by the Regional Mycology Laboratory Manchester. The National Aspergillosis Centre and Regional Mycology Lab is a world-leading centre of excellence (European Confederation of Medical Mycology Centre of Excellence) based in Manchester, UK. These will be broadcast live on the WebEx platform (available on PC and as Android and iOS tablet and smartphone APP's) with the first webinar to be published were in April 2019.
We intend each webinar to be viewed live and we will be taking questions and answering them live.
Recordings of each webinar will subsequently be available for viewing and we will provide access to ask the LIFE team any further questions you may have.
Each webinar will be available initially in English and then in Chinese (Simple) after a short delay to enable translation.
For? Healthcare workers at all levels in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs)
Why? LMICs are disproportionately affected by serious fungal diseases due to high prevalence of HIV/TB and lack of access to diagnostics and antifungals
Aim? Improve skills of healthcare practitioners
Content? Prevention, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment
Format? Video clips, lecture slides with audio, online material, case scenarios, drug interaction exercises, teleconferencing. In English, [Spanish and French to come]
Delivery? Online directly to individuals, or face-to-face groups facilitated by local partners
Also see our Moodle-based course on fungal microscopy and histology at microfungi.net
Microscopy and Histology E-Course
- Learn how to identify fungi in clinical sample and make a rapid definitive of fungal disease within a few days of study.
- 4 Modules targeting those with no experience through to an experienced histopathologist
- Covers common and rare fungi.
- Accredited by the University of Manchester, in 4 languages, a comprehensive learning course with final certification on completion of tests.
- The course is aimed at both laboratory staff and those trained in histopathology.
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What the professionals say
Fungal infections are particularly common in India, now increasing alarmingly. Better trained personnel and access to the best diagnostics is critical if we want to save these patients.
Prof. Arunaloke Chakrabarti, MD
Diagnosis of fungal infections is usually made by identification of fungi that is difficult and slow but fortunately many rapid antigen, antibody and molecular tests are now available. These tests need to be available to everyone.
Dr. Juan Luis Rodriguez Tudela, MD, Ph.D.
Having seen the impact that major international programs can make to a disease area (such as TB), the potential to improve the lives of millions of individuals coping with debilitating fungal infections is huge and currently neglected.
Prof. David S. Perlin, Ph.D.
Providing medical professionals with the knowledge they need to recognise and treat fungal infections. LIFE believes knowledge about fungal infections, available diagnosis and treatments are key to improving patient outcomes.
This site provides you with current knowledge about fungal infections, fungi, diagnosis and treatment.