Invasive fungal infections such as Aspergillosis, endanger lives of millions of people annually. With the global pandemic of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), studies are showing that invasive aspergillosis may complicate severe COVID-19 pneumonia and that CAPA substantially contributed to a high death rate in COVID-19 patients. In this educational webinar, Professor Denning will notably present the importance of diagnosing invasive aspergillosis on time. Dr Köhler will present the recently published 2020 ECMM/ISHAM consensus criteria for CAPA with the pros and cons of the methods available for diagnosis and treatment options. Discussion will also occur on what role galactomannan detection may have in improving CAPA diagnosis.
Pr David Denning, MBBS, FRCP, FRCPath, DCH, FMedSci
University of Manchester and Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections (GAFFI) Manchester United Kingdom
Pr David Denning, MBBS, FRCP, FRCPath, DCH, FMedSci, is an internationally recognised clinician with expertise in fungal diseases and Professor of Infectious Diseases in Global Health at The University of Manchester. He was the founding Director of the UK’s National Aspergillosis Centre in Manchester (2009-2020), the world’s only such centre. He is the Executive Director of the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections, based in Switzerland and the UK which advocates for access to fungal diagnostics and antifungal therapies.
Dr. Philipp Köhler, MD, FECMM
University Hospital of Cologne, Germany
Dr. Philipp Köhler is resident physician and specialist internal medicine, hematology, oncology and intensive care and emergency medicine and infectious diseases at the Department I of Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of Cologne, Cologne, Germany. He is a fellow of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM). His clinical and scientific interests are focused on epidemiology, diagnosis, prophylaxis and treatment of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised and critical care patients. He is editorial board member for Mycoses and reviewer for numerous medical scientific journals.