9th Advances Against Aspergillosis, Lugano, Switzerland

AAAM 2020 was held in Lugano, Switzerland from 27 - 29th February 2020. Unfortunately, this date coincided with a large outbreak of the new coronavirus COVID-19 in northern Italy, bordering directly on the Swiss area in which the conference was to be held. This persuaded many delegates to call off plans to travel to the conference but organisers were able to obtain many talks via video links or recordings and the meeting largely went ahead as planned.

The Aspergillus Website is hosting material from many of the talks, with slide sets and recorded talks available here.

Timed to coincide with AAAM 2020, World Aspergillosis Day 2020 (#worldaspergillosisday 27th Feb) was also planning a day of involvement and campaigning at the conference and this was disrupted a little but again largely also ran as planned with each delegate asked to wear badges designed for the occasion and a series of slides with messages from aspergillosis patients were shown to delegates between sessions. A patients meeting was run on the morning of World Aspergillosis Day attended by 20 patients, staff from the National Aspergillosis Centre NAC CARES team and experts from around the world. Patients heard a presentation from specialist antifungal pharmacist Saarah Niazi-Ali and another from Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, MD., PhD on the unique challenges of diagnosing and treating Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis in Vietnam.

The Aspergillosis Trust held a series of events throughout the UK to help raise awareness and funding for the Fungal Infection Trust.

To browse slides uploaded from AAAM 2020 go here.