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Melbourne: 19th Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) 2015

Melbourne continues run of international medical conferences

3 September 2012

Another major international medical conference is heading to Victoria with the announcement that the 19th Congress of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) 2015 is to be hosted in Melbourne.

The Congress, which is expected to attract more than 800 delegates from across the globe to the city over five days, will generate an estimated A$3.8 million for the Victorian economy.

In addition to Melbourne’s reputation as a city that stages world-class events and conferences, Victoria’s reputation as a science and medical research hub was also a major catalyst in attracting the Congress to the city.

Melbourne was recently officially ranked by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) as the number one city in Australia for international congresses and conventions, and many major international associations have Melbourne on their list as a first choice destination to host their next major event.

The news that the Mycology Congress is heading to Melbourne follows recent announcements that another seven of the world's largest medical and scientific conferences are coming to Melbourne over the next two years. Events include the International AIDS Conference, 23rd World Cancer Congress and the World Congress of Cardiology.

These major medical conferences are a vote of confidence in Victoria as a global leader in innovation, scientific endeavour and ground-breaking research. They also highlight Melbourne’s reputation as a world leader in hosting major international events.

Victoria is a leading state in medical research and innovation and the work of Victorian researchers in the field of mycology has led international studies. This includes work by Dr Orla Morrissey from the Alfred Hospital and Monash University and Professor Monica Slavin from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, who have recently led a team of medical researchers to improve the management of invasive aspergillosis (a life-threatening infection due to the Aspergillus fungus) in patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and treatment of acute leukaemia.

Associate Professor Wieland Meyer of local host organisation The Australian and New Zealand Mycoses Interest Group (ANZMIG) said the Congress is expected to enhance collaborations between Australian mycologists, clinicians and researchers across the globe.

Mycology, which is a branch of biology that focuses on the study of fungi and its uses within a human and animal context, is a well-established area of research in Victoria.
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