Candida and Candidiasis 2021: a view from Twitter
Posted on April 6, 2021 by Kimberley Ndungu
On 21–27 March, the Microbiology Society hosted Candida and Candidiasis 2021. We’ve turned to Twitter to take a look back at the highlights of the digital event.
With the Focused Meeting having being postponed from 2020 and a full seven-day programme prepared, we were excited to finally be able to welcome everyone to Candida and Candidiasis 2021. It was great to see delegates were just as excited to attend!
I'm excited for Candida and Candidiasis 2021 to kick off this evening, it's long overdue! With a fantastic program of talks and some great poster presentations *coughcough* it looks like its shaping up to be an exciting week #Candida2021 https://t.co/fRmh4O5zR3— Jessica Fletcher (@JessicaFletch_r) March 21, 2021
I’m looking forward to participating in #Candida2021 - the organizers have done a great job putting together an important online meeting under challenging circumstances in the midst of the global #Covid19 #pandemic #ScienceMatters https://t.co/hH0JvR1wK0— Steve Parent (@sparent47) March 21, 2021
Although we were not able to meet in person this year, a digital event meant delegates could attend from the comfort of their homes and those who would usually not be able to travel could attend too.
Time to take a break from wading through papers on Candida auris and listen to some fascinating presentations at the @MicrobioSoc #Candida21 conference. Thoroughly enjoyed yesterday's sessions and expect I will enjoy today's as much. pic.twitter.com/betTeUUPMr— Krissie_Wright (@AIsis08) March 23, 2021
Following a welcome talk from lead organiser Geraldine Butler, we started with two brilliant keynote talks from Professor Aaron Mitchell and Professor Leah Cowen.
Being able to network with your peers is an important part of our Focused Meetings, so to round up day one we invited delegates to a virtual networking session.
The first full day of Candida and Candidiasis 2021 started with the Fungal + Host Signalling session, chaired by Al Brown.
A fascinating first talk in the Fungal + Host Signalling section at #Candida2021 by Al Brown discussing how macrophages employ diverse strategies to combat C. albicans infection!— Jessie MacAlpine (@jessiemacalpine) March 22, 2021
Great first session at #Candida2021! Multiple jaw-dropping moments right out of the gate!— Robert Todd (@rttodd) March 22, 2021
Chaired by Reeta Rao, we had a Career Development session to conclude the second day. This involved different interactive workshops that were each led by experts in different disciplines and subject areas.
Really insightful/helpful career development session this evening as part of #Candida2021. Looking forward to talking tomorrow about the role of polyP mobilisation in the pathobiology of C. albicans.— Yasmin Ahmed (@Yasmin_Ahmed_93) March 22, 2021
A Day to meet speakers and their big love to teach and help New guys like me in such challenging field #Candida2021— Marco Chavez Tinocco (@macdoan) March 23, 2021
With more than 200 posters to view, on Tuesday we hosted the first of three poster presentation sessions.
With so many great posters to visit, we had over 20,000 individual poster views and more than 1,000 individual poster scores.
Too many good posters to choose from again today #Candida2021— Stella Christou (@microbesandholo) March 24, 2021
From choosing between posters to choosing between talks; on Wednesday, we started the day with three concurrent scientific sessions: Clinical Sessions, Cool Tools and Molecular Pathogens.
Great line up today, just got to decide which session to go to Clinical, cool tools or molecular pathogenicity #Candida2021 so much choice at least this year we’ll be able to catch up on the parallel sessions later— REBECCA HALL (@BECKS_182) March 24, 2021
Really enjoying the Cool Tools session at #Candida2021 today - I love hearing all the smart ideas and tech applications from researchers in our community— Jessica Fletcher (@JessicaFletch_r) March 24, 2021
Excited for the Molecular Pathogenesis session this morning at #Candida2021 ! Lots of great talks coming up!— Jessie MacAlpine (@jessiemacalpine) March 24, 2021
Between the scientific sessions, delegates were able to meet and discuss their research further during the meet the speakers sessions.
Fantastic #Candida2021 conference - just discussed in meet-the-speaker-session with great colleagues through 3+ time zones - one at least should have been very tired but wasn’t 😆— Oliver Kurzai (@OKurzai) March 24, 2021
Exciting day for our lab at #Candida2021. Lot's of feedback! We are looking forward to refining our research accordingly.— Vylkova lab (@VylkovaL) March 24, 2021
Day five kicked off with talks focusing on drugs and diagnostics, infection models and metabolism.
Metabolism day #Candida2021 @MicrobioSoc! Brilliant talk by @aizepellon on metabolic reprogramming in epithelial infected with C.albicans!! Check out my poster 180C on integration of functional analysis in invasive Candida species (@DokhtNasab poster 183C) @LabMoyes @sysbiomelab pic.twitter.com/583k4DQMr0— Neelu (@neelubegum) March 25, 2021
Great talk by @aizepellon at #Candida2021 in the metabolism session presenting our work on hexose metabolic reprogramming in epithelial cells infected with C. albicans. Some great questions afterwards! @DokhtNasab and @neelubegum to follow in the poster sessions (180C and 183C)— The Moyes Lab (@LabMoyes) March 25, 2021
For the final session of the day, both David Roos and Gavin Sherlock gave talks on database presentation.
On the penultimate day of Candida and Candidiasis 2021, David Andes and Jose Lopez-Ribot chaired the Drug Discovery and Resistance session, which featured Kali Iyer’s talk about her work to discover novel antifungals against C. auris.
Tune in today for @KaliIyer's talk in the Drug Discovery and Resistance session! She will be presenting her killer research on antifungal strategies to tackle drug-resistant Candida auris #Candida2021 @CowenLab— Nicole Revie (@nicolerevie) March 26, 2021
With the week coming to an end, we started the final day with the highly anticipated session, Genome Dynamics, Variation and Evolution.
The last scientific session of Candida and Candidiasis 2021, focused on the microbiome. It was then time to announce the poster prize winners.
Congratulations to Nicola Case (poster 170B), Jenna Foderaro (poster 194C), Alex Hopke (poster 138C), Ann Kristine Kaune (190B) and Shen-Huan Liang (poster 121B). All their posters are still available to view for delegates on the virtual event platform until 26 April 2021.
Thank you to everyone who attended Candida and Candidiasis 2021, we hope you enjoyed the week!
It's the last day of #Candida2021 - I'm so happy to have been a part of it, and to have seen research from so many different labs around the world (from my own desk!) Props to the organisers, their hard work has made this all possible.— Jessica Fletcher (@JessicaFletch_r) March 27, 2021
#Candida2021 final Day... This week to me was full of New knowledge and the discovery of a comunity that share my passion to this scientific World.— Marco Chavez Tinocco (@macdoan) March 27, 2021