Friday, 2 November 2012

Manchester Entrepreneur joins Rebranded Fungal Infection Trust

During the Manchester Science Festival, The Fungal Research Trust announced that Peter Folkman, a successful Manchester entrepreneur was joining the Board and The Trust was changing its name to the Fungal Infection Trust.

Peter Folkman is a graduate of Oxford University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His background is in technology and venture capital. Peter served on the Council of The University of Manchester and several Boards as a non-executive Director including Manchester Science Park, Manchester Technology Fund and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust. He is currently Chairman of Nowgen, a centre of excellence in public engagement, education and professional training in biomedicine, primarily related to genetics.

The Fungal Infection Trust will take forward the 21-year charitable legacy of the Fungal Research Trust, with a broader remit to be more inclusive of public and health professional education and awareness of fungal diseases. The Trust was set up in 1991 and since then has distributed in excess of £3,500,000 in research grants resulting in more than 145 research publications on clinical and scientific aspects of fungal infection. It has contributed to the postgraduate training of more than 25 scientists and doctors in the UK and overseas.

The announcements by Dr Geoff Scott, Chairman, were made at the Funky Fungi exhibition held in the Manchester Science Festival showcasing art and fungi. The Project LIFE competition winners were teenagers from the North West of England and North Wales who created inspiring, fantastic art work related to fungi. The Fungal Research Trust supports the encyclopaedic Aspergillus Website at www.aspergillus.org.uk.

As well as being a key resource for clinicians and researchers, the website also devotes several sections to patients and relatives to help them understand more about aspergillosis. In a recent quarter Google searches picked up the The Aspergillus Website 2,800,000 times and there are 33,930 links to the Website from other domains. The Fungal Research Trust has also supported the development of LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education) a new initiative to make the subject of fungal infection more accessible for doctors and other health professionals. LIFE is linked to a growing advocacy movement for fungal diseases which are not recognised or supported by major health agencies internationally.

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