Sir James Black Prize Lecture
Fungi cause more than a billion skin infections, more than 100 million mucosal infections, 10 million serious allergies and more than a million deaths each year – more than deaths due to malaria, TB, HIV or breast cancer. This largely unrecognised major threat to human health is a huge burden to health care budgets worldwide. To address this threat we are taking advantage of our research about how fungi cause disease to design novel fungal diagnostics, and new antifungal treatments.
Professor Neil A.R Gow FRS, FMedSci, FRSE, FRSB, FAAM
College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen
Professor Neil Gow is a medical mycologist studying life threatening fungal infections. He trained at Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Denver USA before taking up a position at Aberdeen University. He is a founding member of the Aberdeen Fungal Group (AFG) which is the largest centre of excellence for medical mycology in the UK and the largest worldwide research centre for Candida research. He is Director of a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award that coordinates research and training activity in this area across the UK and in developing countries and is Co-Director for research of the newly established MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at Aberdeen.