Pasteur course: Medical mycology

This four-week course is intended for microbiologists (MD, PhD, VetD) practicing mycology in hospital laboratories to catch up with the most recent advances in diagnosis and identification procedures and principles of therapy for fungal infections.


Training is provided through bench work, lectures and panel discussions and will cover:


  • Technical aspects: choice of media, slide cultures, storage of isolates, molecular diagnosis and identification (PCR, qPCR, sequencing, MALDI-TOF), typing techniques (microsatellite, MLST), antifungal susceptibility testing (CLSI/EUCAST microbroth dilution methods, commercially available tests), antigen/antibody detection, histopathology.
  • Practical aspects: spectrum of action and pharmacokinetics/dynamics of antifungal drugs, role of the laboratory in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients (direct examination, histopathology, antigen detection, antifungal susceptibility testing results, qPCR, etc.), limitation and use of public and specific databases for molecular identification, discussion of clinical cases.
  • Fungal aspects: sexual and asexual reproduction, phylogeny, species identification, resistance mechanisms.
  • Medical aspects: Pathogenic concepts, epidemiology, diagnosis criteria for infections due to common and emerging yeasts or filamentous fungi (including invasive and mucocutaneous infections, endemic mycoses), principles of therapeutic management, practical guidelines.



The program of the course organized LAST YEAR can be downloaded to get detailed information on the general frame of the course; some topics and practical works may change , however, the aims and the general means of the course are maintained.

Program of the course Medical mycology 2013-2014 (PDF - 400 KB)


The committee of the course will evaluate applications.


Members of the Teaching Committee :


E. Coeffier (Institut Pasteur),

F. Dromer (Institut Pasteur),

F. Botterel - Chartier (CHU H. Mondor Créteil),

J.-P. Gangneux (CHU Rennes),

D. Garcia Hermoso-Kaiser (Institut Pasteur),

O. Lortholary (Université Paris-Descartes, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades et Institut Pasteur),

V. Ponticelli (Institut Pasteur),

M. Sala (Institut Pasteur),

H. Waxin (Institut Pasteur),

P. Silar* (Université Paris-Diderot Paris 7).


* University representatives


Practical information


Title of the course Medical mycology

Françoise Dromer

Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades & National reference centre for Invasive mycoses & antifungals

Institut Pasteur

Olivier Lortholary

Université Paris-Descartes,

Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades,

Molecular mycology unit & National reference centre for Invasive mycoses &  antifungals

Institut Pasteur

Head of studies Dea Garcia Hermoso

Molecular mycology unit & National reference centre for Invasive mycoses & antifungals

Institut Pasteur

Language English
Participants 20
Duration 4 weeks

March 21 to April 15, 2016

Closing date for application

November 15, 2015


Institut Pasteur Diploma


Diplôme d'Université (DU) from University Paris Diderot for people registering at this university (registration fees ≈ €250)


ECTS for students registered in the Mastere in Public health from the Pasteur/ Cnam school of public health (Pasteur-Cnam)



On line registration

Registration fees


Updated on 26/05/2016