18th South Central Medical Medical Mycology Annual Conference. 2021
Funds are being requested to provide partial support for the 18th Annual South Central Medical Mycology (SCMM) meeting to be held in the Hotel Menger at San Antonio. TX on November 21-21. 2020. SCMM prides itself on bringing a critical mass of medical mycology researchers together from the south central region of the United States to share the latest research being conducted in the various labs. provide opportunities for collaboration. and promote the development of junior trainees in participating laboratories. The meeting site rotates between university-centered locations in the south central region where fungal-centric laboratories are located. Principal Investigators and students/postdocs from ~15 laboratories usually attend annually (including laboratories in the host city). In total there are upwards of 20 laboratories that have attended one or more of the meetings depending on the location site. Hence. a strong and growing critical mass of medical mycologists have supported this meeting and led to its longevity and significance over the past 18 years. Although the meeting format has evolved over the years. the current format has focused on oral presentations by trainees regarding their most exciting and impactful unpublished data. The small group setting provides a welcoming environment that has been successful in promoting discussion and constructive feedback for trainees. Hence. the primary objectives of the meeting are to 1) bring regionally-based medical mycologists together to share research. initiate collaborations. and provide a venue for trainees to present their latest work. and 2) promote the development of young/junior scientists as a mentoring tool to facilitate their transition into academic scientists or their chosen career path. The funding requested is for trainee travel awards (n=12) and to cover travel costs for the keynote speaker.