The Aspergillus Website

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Advances Against Aspergillosis (AAA) Conference Feb 1-3 Lisbon, Portugal

The 8th AAA is by far the largest conference focusing specifically on Aspergillus and the diseases it causes. This website will host all of the abstracts and many slides presentations but there will also be a video crew at the meeting and we will host any resulting clips here too.

In addition to the main conference the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC) from Manchester, UK are running a parallel meeting principally for patients & carers with the intention of promoting awareness of aspergillosis and NAC patient & carer support groups in Portugal but this is also an opportunity for non-specialist clinicians to get some information about the centre and its services that are available outside the UK as well as inside. 

1st February at the 8th AAA was the first World Aspergillosis Day, launched at the patients meeting. The first year aims to promote care and support for those people that everyone involved in aspergillosis depends on but rarely acknowledge: carers and families. More on this website soon.

The Aspergillus Website

The Aspergillus Website is a worldwide comprehensive resource providing detailed information about the fungus Aspergillus and the diseases it can cause, these are usually called aspergillosis.This site is free to use and provides an encyclopaedia of Aspergillus for doctors, scientists, patients and their relatives. Some parts of the site require free registration, for example the image bank.
The Aspergillus Website is governed by the Fungal Infection Trust in partnership with the University of Manchester. It has an independent Editorial Board. It is supported by educational grants from the UK National Health Service and some commercial supporters.

What is Aspergillus?

Aspergillus is a fungus whose spores are present in the air we breathe, but does not normally cause illness. In those people with a weakened immune system, damaged lungs or with allergies, Aspergillus can cause disease. Common Aspergillus infections include invasive aspergillosis, ABPA CPA and aspergilloma. See images below.

Aspergillosis is a group of diseases which can result from aspergillus infection and includes invasive aspergillosis, ABPA CPA and aspergilloma. Asthma is also complicated and exacerbated by aspergillus infection (SAFS). Aspergillus affects humans and birds and animals can also develop aspergillosis, commercially many plant diseases and food spoilage may be due to aspergillus infection. Visit LIFE-Worldwide for detailed information on other types of fungal infections such as cryptococcus, candida and many others.

Aspergillus in the air

Sources of high numbers of Aspergillus spores include air conditioning units, composting and damp or flood damaged housing & hospital building projects.