About Us

The Aspergillus Website serves many different audiences; researcher, doctor, patients & carers and those who just want to find out more about the fungus Aspergillus and the illnesses it causes – of which there are many – see ‘Our visitors’ on the right. It has served those audiences since 1998 so has a considerable history – with over 42 000 registered users and many more unregistered.

The Aspergillus Website is funded mainly by the Fungal Infection Trust (www.fungalinfectiontrust.org)

This Website forms part of the work carried out by the Aspergillus Website team, based at the NHS National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC) and University of Manchester. We also provide an important website for the support of our patients & carers communities in the UK & USA – also accessed by virtually every country in the world, providing information & awareness as well as social support.

For patients who attend our clinics we have our monthly meetings here at the NAC. These meetings are broadcast live and recorded for future use. For those patients & carers who cannot attend out meetings we offer our quarterly ‘Aspergillosis Community’ booklets which are available to pickup at clinic or via our regional support groups.

There are also very popular online support groups on Yahoo! and Facebook, and well attended groups for professionals on LinkedIn; The Aspergillus & Aspergillosis Group and the Damp buildings and Human Health Group (in collaboration with Institute of Specialist Surveyors and Engineers).

Current editors

Graham Atherton BSc MSc (IT) PhD FISSE

1980-83 BSc (Genetics) at Liverpool University followed by a short period as Lecturer in Genetics at the University of Ulster (1983-84).

Postgraduate at the University of the West of England (1984-87) where I did a PhD with Professor Alan Vivian working on the molecular genetics of the specificity of the host-parasite interaction between Pea blight (Pseudomonas syringae pv. Pisi) and its natural host Pisum sativum.

Postdoctoral position with Professor John Wyke at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research (1987-91) working on putative transcriptional silencing elements present in the rat genome.

Higher Scientific Officer with John Norton at the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research (1991-00) working on the biological characterisation of a small helix-loop-helix protein (Id3) cloned from human B cells.


I have worked on the Aspergillus website and related projects since March 2000, managing it since 2001. I have extensively retrained in IT, culminating in the award of an MSc in Information Technology at the University of Liverpool in July 2005.

I set up and ran the Clinical Trials Database System at the University of Manchester (running since July 2003, completed in 2008), which was used to carry out several trials across europe. The results of one of these studies (the FAST study) has since been published – see below.

The National Aspergillosis Centre was opened in April 2009 and I have been leading the Quality of Life assessment and research program as well as the online patient support systems at the centre since its inception.

Representative publications

  • Al-Shair K, Atherton GT, Harris C, Ratcliffe L, Newton PJ, Denning DW. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Sep;57(6):828-35. Long-term antifungal treatment improves health status in patients with chronic pulmonary aspergillosis: a longitudinal analysis. abstract
  • Al-Shair K, Atherton GT, Kennedy D, Powell G, Denning DW, Caress A. Chest. 2013 Aug;144(2):623-31. Validity and reliability of the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire in assessing health status in patients with chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. abstract
  • Denning DW, O’Driscoll BR, Powell G, Chew F, Atherton GT, Vyas A, Miles J, Morris J, Niven RM. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2009 JAN 1;179(1):11-8.Randomized controlled trial of oral antifungal treatment for severe asthma with fungal sensitization: The Fungal Asthma Sensitization Trial (FAST) study. abstract
  • Mabey Gilsenan JE, Atherton G, Bartholomew J, Giles PF, Attwood TK, Denning DW, Bowyer P. Nucleic Acids Res. 2009 JAN;37(Database issue):D509-14. Aspergillus genomes and the Aspergillus cloud. abstract
  • Yates PR, Atherton GT, Deed RW, et.al. EMBO J 18: (4) 968-976 FEB 15 1999. Id helix-loop-helix proteins inhibit nucleoprotein complex formation by the TCF ETS-domain transcription factors. abstract
  • Norton JD, Atherton GT. Mol Cell Biol 18: (4) 2371-2381 APR 1998. Coupling of cell growth control and apoptosis functions of Id proteins. abstract
  • Deed RW, Hara E, Atherton GT, et. al. Mol Cell Biol 17: (12) 6815-6821 DEC 1997. Regulation of Id3 cell cycle function by Cdk-2-dependent phosphorylation. abstract
  • Vivian A, Atherton GT, Bevan JR, et. al. Physiol Mol Plant Pathol 34: (4) 335-344 APR 1989. Isolation and characterisation of cloned DNA conferring specific avirulence in Pseudomonas-syringae p.v. pisi to Pea (Pisum sativum) cultivars, which possess the resistance allele, R2. full text
  • Bavage AD, Vivian A, Atherton GT, et. al. J Gen Microbiol 137: 2231-2239 Part 9 SEP 1991. Molecular-genetics of pseudomonas-syringae pathovar pisi – plasmid involvement in cultivar-specific incompatibility. abstract

Beth Bradshaw

Past editors

Jenny Bartholomew

Rachel Orritt

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