Medical Mycology, 2018, 56, S1 doi: 10.1093/mmy/myy018 Preface Preface The International Society for Human and Animal Mycoses studying the disease. Success lies in the combination of clini- (ISHAM) is pleased to put forth this special issue of Med- cians encountering the disease and scientists being provided ical Mycology, which is devoted to cumulative review pa- with sufﬁcient materials with which to work. The Fusar- pers prepared by members of some of the various Work- ium WG has uncovered such a high frequency of infection ing Groups (WG) of ISHAM. ISHAM began establishing that one might wonder why it is considered an orphan dis- WGs in 2009, with the idea that interested researchers could ease. The Fungiscope WG is devoted to the collection of come together to focus on collaborative efforts in a speciﬁc specimens, as well as establishing disease frequency and area in medical mycology. The WGs cover highly diverse clinical specialties of rare infections. WGs that focus on ﬁelds within medical mycology. Currently, ISHAM has 26 a particular disease or research question beneﬁt from the such groups representing a signiﬁcant breadth of research cooperation between clinicians and basic scientists. For ex- in medical mycology; each WG has between 5 and 250 ample, WGs with a particular research question that needs members. inter-laboratory cooperation and monitoring, include the The internet has revolutionized ISHAM and the way that Aspergillus PCR initiative and the Aspergillus resistance our studies are performed. It has become incredibly easy to screening WG. The preexisting Pediatric Fungal Network organize international networks, with an email to workers has expanded their audience as a WG of ISHAM. Lastly, in your area of interest. The many positive responses results two WGs are basically service providers to the scientiﬁc in collaborators instead of competitors, and can lead to the community. The barcoding group has set up the ISHAM establishment of a WG. database of validated barcodes, located at the University of Sydney, and the Nomenclature WG is an e-mail community, The ﬁrst aim of a WG is simply to start a discussion which provides important name changes on the ISHAM group via e-mail. Frequent exchange of news and ideas is essential. Orphan areas of study can particularly beneﬁt website, with corresponding literature for members. from this approach. Where there is insufﬁcient critical mass We recommend that those interested in establishing or in a laboratory to perform advanced research on a rare joining an ISHAM WG go to the ISHAM website and view theme, easy contact between counterparts from different the list of current WGs, as well as the guidelines for es- continents enables a multidisciplinary approach. Mutual tablishing a WG. Furthermore, the triennial ISHAM 2018 support by those with different backgrounds focusing on Congress in Amsterdam will highlight the WGs in speciﬁc the same theme can be amazingly successful. For instance, sessions of the Congress. The articles in this special WG the Mycetoma WG has got this disease placed on the WHO issue of Medical Mycology present the most up to date list of neglected diseases. This will certainly open doors sup- progress and ﬁndings of 15 of the ISHAM WGs, spanning porting research and clinical trials. Several WGs have pro- a broad swathe of studies done by members of ISHAM who duced large joint studies, reviews, books, or special journal are part of each WG. H. Ruth Ashbee issues, including the WGs for Mucorales, black yeasts, chro- ISHAM Vice-President moblastomycosis, cystic ﬁbrosis, Fusarium, Scedosporium, Coordinator of WGs Malassezia, Sporothrix, dermatophytes, and veterinary my- Sybren de Hoog cology. In addition, the latter WG is unique by organizing Past-President of ISHAM regular courses and workshops in their area. The ISHAM WGs are highly diverse. Several focus on Karl V. Clemons a particular fungal group, where knowledge lags due to Editor-in-Chief the relative rarity of the infection and few laboratories Medical Mycology The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The International Society for Human and Animal Mycology. S1 All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: email@example.com Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/mmy/article-abstract/56/suppl_1/1/4925978 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 22 March 2018
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