MD Anderson has a very active program in experimental and clinical mycology, which has strong foundations in infection control, stewardship, pharmacology and diagnostic microbiology. These achievements have resulted in MD Anderson being designated as an ECMM Diamond Excellence in Mycology Center.
Invasive fungal infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients, especially those with hematologic cancers or those that have undergone bone marrow transplants. During cancer treatment, clinicians treat a large number and variety of complex opportunistic fungal infections, including:
- Fusarium infections
- Mucorales infections
- Aspergillus infections
- Candida infections
The institution also has state-of-the-art core research facilities and an infrastructure for clinical research. These efforts and resources are supported, in part, by the Infectious Diseases department within the Internal Medicine division.
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Research and clinical priorities
- Translational research
- Clinical trials
- Epidemiology studies
- Outcomes research
- In vitro studies of resistance and virulence
- In vivo studies in mice, Drosophila, zebra fish and C. elegans
- Fungal diagnostics
- Biospecimen bank (molds from respiratory specimens in leukemia and stem cell transplant patients and blood isolates, oral and stool specimens for the mycobiome
- Infection control (mycology ad hoc expert)
On Sept. 25, 2018, the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) designated MD Anderson as a Diamond Excellence in Mycology Center. This designation is awarded to institutions that combine clinical and microbiological mycology with targeted research, while also maintaining a commitment to the highest quality in diagnosis and treatment of fungal infections. MD Anderson is the first ECMM Excellence Center in the U.S., and one of the few sites worldwide. Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, M.D., Ph.D., serves as the leader of this center.
Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, M.D., Sc.D., Ph.D.
Leader, Center for Excellence in Mycology
Deputy Division Head of Research, Internal Medicine
Division of Internal Medicine
Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, Unit 1460
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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