The Microbiology Society is delighted to be delivering the next meeting on Candida and Candidiasis as part of its Focused Meetings programme in 2023.                                                                     

Candida and Candidiasis 2023 will bring together scientists studying diverse aspects of Candida biology, as well as interactions between these fungal species and their mammalian hosts. Candida species are commonly found colonizing multiple niches in the human body but are also responsible for a wide variety of important diseases that range from oral and vaginal candidiasis to life-threatening systemic infections. This meeting covers a broad spectrum of subjects that relate to Candida epidemiology, drug resistance, infection, host response, and therapeutics. The impact of Candida species on human health has recently garnered additional attention with the rapid emergence of the multi-drug resistant species Candida auris

The goals of the meeting are to present the latest advances in the field, to spotlight the achievements of junior scientists, to ensure participation and promotion of diverse scientists, to promote synergistic and interdisciplinary interactions and to provide a forum for community-wide discussions and collaborations. 

Organising committee:

Richard Bennett (Brown University, USA)
Deborah Hogan (Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, USA)
Chair of Programme Committee
Mike Lorenz (University of Texas, USA)
Co-Chair of Programme Committee
Ilse Jacobsen (Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Germany)

Key topics:

Main sessions
  • Candida biology and Candida-host interactions
  • Host-Candida interactions: models and clinical studies
  • Drug discovery, activity, and resistance
  • Candida variation, genome dynamics and epidemiology
  • Novel technologies and tools
  • Clinical
Parallel sessions
  • Late breaking topics
  • Microbial interactions (microbiome, biofilms, co-infections)
  • Fungal signaling/gene regulation
  • Cell biology and morphology
  • Metabolism

Further information will be announced in the build up to the meeting on our social media channels. Follow us on Twitter @MicrobioSoc using the hashtag #Candida2023. We will also be sharing stories on Instagram throughout the event.

Photo credit: iStock/Dr_Microbe



Session View

Sunday 14 May, Morning

Sunday 14 May, Afternoon

Poster Sessions A

In Salon Drummond, Foyer Drummond and Ballroom East Please note the timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Monday 15 May, Morning

Monday 15 May, Afternoon

Clinical Session 1

In Ballroom West-Centre Please note the timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Parallel Session B1: Microbial Communities

Elevator Session B

In Ballroom West-Centre.
Please note the timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Poster Sessions B

In Salon Drummond, Foyer Drummond and Ballroom East Please note the timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Tuesday 16 May, Morning

Tuesday 16 May, Afternoon

Elevator Session C

In Ballroom West-Centre Please note the timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Poster Sessions C

In Salon Drummond, Foyer Drummond and Ballroom East Please note the timings are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).


Wednesday 17 May, Morning

Lecture View

Sunday 14 May

Monday 15 May

Tuesday 16 May

Wednesday 17 May

Social programme

Canada Showcase 2023 

Registration for Canada Showcase 2023 is now closed.

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Data: Monday 15 May 2023
Time: 18:00-20:30 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
Location: McGill Faculty Club, Montréal, Canada
Tickets: Free – but please reserve your place via this booking link.

The Microbiology Society is pleased to announce our first international Showcase in Montréal, Canada hosted by the Microbiology Society staff.

This is a free networking event where attendees will have the opportunity to network with local like-minded people over drinks and canapes, find out how you can Get Involved with the Society, to advance your career, build your networks, raise your profile and communicate your work and more! 

You can find more information and register on the Canada Showcase 2023 event page


The programme of invited keynote speakers for the meeting include:

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Carol A. Kumamoto (Tufts University, USA)

Carol Kumamoto is a Professor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Vice Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA. The Kumamoto laboratory investigates many aspects of the physiology of the fungus Candida albicans, a significant opportunistic pathogen and a human commensal. Dr. Kumamoto and her co-workers found that C. albicans gut colonization has numerous effects on the gut ecosystem including promoting a protective immune response to a bacterial pathogen, Clostridioides difficile, decreasing the ecological resistance of the gut bacterial microbiota and affecting the gut-brain axis, increasing anxiety-like behavior in mice.

Dr. Kumamoto received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles studying the maturation and processing of type V procollagen in chicks. She was a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Jon Beckwith at Harvard Medical School where she discovered the E. coli chaperone SecB and demonstrated its role in protein secretion. She moved to Stanford University for further postdoctoral training with Dr. Robert Simoni where she used genetic suppression to identify interactions between subunits of the energy transducing F1Fo ATPase complex of E. coli. She joined the faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1986 and initiated her work on C. albicans soon after. Dr. Kumamoto has served on journal editorial boards and NIH grant review committees. She has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and research, including being elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.


Damian Krysan (University of Iowa Health Care, USA)

Dr. Krysan grew up in South Dakota and attended Grinnell College in Iowa. After obtaining a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry at Northwestern University , he worked in the pharmaceutical industry and was part of the Abbott team that brought the HIV protease inhibitor Ritonavir (and now COVID adjuvant) to the clinic. He then attended medical school at the University of Michigan and completed his pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease training there as well. He was introduced to the awesome power of yeast genetics in the laboratory of Roberta Fuller. His independent career at the University of Rochester and now at the University of Iowa has focused on genetic approaches to understanding C. albicans and C. neoformans pathogenesis as well as antifungal drug discovery and pre-clinical development. He is currently the Samuel J. Fomon Chair of Pulmonology/Allergy/Infectious Disease and Director of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Division at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and  Stead Family Children’s Hospital.


Abstracts and Posters
Candida and Candidiasis 2023 Abstract Book


Guidance for offered talk presenters:

  • Presentation length: 15 minutes total (please leave around 2 minutes for Q&A).
  • Please prepare your presentation in widescreen (16:9) format as a PowerPoint or PDF and bring the file to the meeting on a USB memory stick or ensure the file is accessible via cloud storage.
  • If you wish to present from your own device please let us know in advance.

Guidelines for poster presenters:

  • Maximum poster size: 44'' (h) x 44'' (w) - your poster must not exceed these measurements.
  • Posters can be affixed by Velcro (provided at the meeting).
  • Posters will be displayed on poster boards measuring 4' x 8', two to a side.
  • You will be informed of your poster number by email prior to the event.

Abstract guidance

Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words. The Society has produced a guide to give delegates some tips on how to write a great abstract, which can be downloaded below:

How to write a great abstract


Please note that the abstract is the only information session organisers use when deciding whether to accept your work for presentation as an offered oral or poster. If accepted, it will also be published in the abstract book for the meeting – so think carefully about what needs to be included.

Microbiology Outstanding Poster Prize

Microbiology is pleased to provide the Best Poster Prize to a scientific poster at the Candida and Candidiasis 2023 meeting, selected by members of the Microbiology Editorial Board, will win a cash prize and be featured on the Microbe Post. All posters displayed at the meeting are automatically entered for the prize.



Registration for Candida and Candidiasis 2023 is now closed.


Destination & Venue

Destination Montreal

Candida and Candidiasis 2023 will be taking place in Canada for the first time, in the vibrant city of Montréal.

Montréal is a busy, exhilarating city and is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec. The city is a leading international-calibre destination and the scientific excellence of Montreal institutions is recognized around the world.

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel

1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West
H3B 2L7

The meeting takes place at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel in downtown Montreal. Guests can enjoy a range of amenities, friendly service and a comfortable stay in the recently renovated hotel rooms. The hotel is set in a bustling city center location steps from Bell Centre and St. Catherine's Street and close to Montreal attractions like The Underground City and The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel is offering a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate of CA $229 per night for conference delegates.

Book your group rate for Conference on Candida and Candidiasis - Montreal, May 2023

Bookings must be made online via the link above.


The hotel has accessible guest rooms with 32” wide doorways and fully accessible routes from the public entrance to accessible guest rooms.
All amenities and facilities, including the spa, restaurant, business centre and all meeting spaces, are fully accessible.
Further information on the venue’s accessibility can be found Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel website.


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel is part of ‘Marriot International’, which provides the following statement about its Serve 360 sustainability initiative:

“Guided by our sustainability and social impact platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, Marriott International commits to creating positive and sustainable impact wherever we do business.” - Marriot International

You can find out more on the Marriot website.

Grants and Professional Development

Society Conference Grants and Travel Grants are available to support those wishing to attend this meeting.

The Society also provides support for childcare, caring needs or other similar caring costs for Microbiology Society Members through the Society Conference Grant.

For more information please visit our Grants page or contact [email protected] for any questions.


Sponsorship opportunities are available for this meeting.

Please download our exhibitor and sponsor pack to view our options, which suit varying budgets and help create the opportunities you need to connect with new and existing customers. If you have any questions about the packages please email [email protected].

Candida and Candidiasis 2023 Sponsorship Brochure



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