a few words about us
The establishment of the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC) in 2009 enabled the construction of a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers and information technology professionals to focus on the provision of specialised services for the UK National Health Service. Malcolm Richardson, Honorary Professor in Medical Mycology arrived to set up one of very few diagnostics reference centres specialising in fungal infection at the University Hospital of South Manchester, a facility capable of identifying fungi from clinical samples, environmental samples and carrying out the all important blood drug level work needed to use antifungal drugs effectively. Although the main funded area is for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis much work is also carried out to manage patients with other forms of aspergillosis e.g. ABPA, SAFS.
There has also been an active research team particularly looking at the pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus based at Manchester University and led by Dr Paul Bowyer for many years, but this has recently been augmented by the arrival of two senior scientists from opposite ends of the UK, Professor Nick Read (Edinburgh University) and Dr Elaine Bignell (London) to form the new Manchester Fungal Infections Group at the University of Manchester.
The University of Manchester has long been the home of the Aspergillus Website part-funded by the Fungal Infection Trust (based in nearby Macclesfield) and its sister website for patients. The Aspergillus website lies at the centre of a worldwide community of clinicians, researchers, patients and laypeople.