British and French scientists meeting - Candida albicans pathogenicity
Field of research: « Investigating the physical forces at the basis of two key elements of Candida albicans pathogenicity : Adhesion and invasion of host tissues by HYphae » (InvAsHYon)
Meeting dates: April 3rd-4th, 2018
British and French Scientists successfully met in the premises of the French Embassy Higher Education, Research and Innovation Department, in London on April 3rd-4th, 2018. This seed meeting brought together biologists and physicists, in an attempt to set up the basis for building a transdisciplinary research consortium.
The biologists were molecular mycologists from the Aberdeen Fungal Group of University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK), the Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés (LISBP, Toulouse, UMR CNR S5504 INRA792) and the Pasteur Institute (Paris). The physicists came from the Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS CNRS, Toulouse) and from St Andrews University (Scotland, UK).
The aim of the meeting was to share the research interests and areas of expertise, define the contours of common scientific projects as well as to agree on strategies to obtain funding to develop these projects. It was decided to investigate the physical forces and molecular determinants at the basis of Candida albicans cellular adhesion and invasion of host tissues by hyphal growth. C. albicans is a major fungal pathogen that causes life-threatening invasive infections in immunocompromised patients. Hence, in the near future, they will use complementary expertise and technological approaches to characterize the mechano-biological processes driving invasive fungal infection.
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