E. Drouhet lecture

E. Drouhet Awardees


2000 Libero Ajello (USA)
2001 Roderick J Hay (UK)
2002 Bertrand Dupont (FR)
2003 Ben de Pauw (NL)
2004 Eugeniusz Baran (PL)
2005 Annamarie Polak (CH)
2007 Antonio Cassone (I)
2009 Thomas Walsh (USA)
2011 Josep Guarro (ES)
2013 Sybren de Hoog (NL)
2015 Dimitrios Kontoyiannis (USA)
2017 David W Denning (UK)
2019 Jean-Paul Latgé (FR/GR)

2019 lecture: 
How to convince Europe that Medical Mycology is a major science – Jean-Paul Latgé

There are many reasons for flying the flag of Medical Mycology in medicine but also in science in Europe. First, morbidity and mortality due to fungi is much higher than the one due to tuberculosis and malaria in Europe. Second, essential advances in immunology such as TLR or C-type lectins, had their root in the analysis of the host response against fungal infections. Fungi continue to be models of choice for deciphering new immunological pathways. Cell wall which is a unique feature of these eukaryotic microorganisms, has been instrumental on this medical theme but also on the finding of new essential enzymes in glycobiology. Third, Mycobiota is a majority underrecognized and understudied component of the microbiota which is more and more recognized as an important constituent of human health. Fourth, analysis of fungal biochemical and molecular pathways can help understanding human diseases or metabolic dysregulations or stem cell dormancy. Finally, more than other microbes, fungi have to be loved for their natural beauty. All these cases will be illustrated with examples taken from the study of Aspergillus fumigatus which has been my “baby” for the last 30 years.
Ranking of importance: Medecine, Lobbying or Science? The three for sure.

On Prof. Edouard Drouhet


Since one of the leading lights and founders of ECMM, Prof. Edouard Drouhet, had passed away in 2000, Prof. Roderick Hay had talked with many colleagues about finding a way to honour Prof. Drouhet’s memory. As a result of these discussion it was proposed that a lecture will be given at every ECMM meeting, bearing Drouhet’s name.
This idea was supported by the Executive Committee. Prof. Maria Anna Viviani, as Drouhet’s student, has generously organised for a medal to be designed and coined at her own expense, a medal which will be given to each lecturer.
Prof. Viviani offers ECMM the first 20 medals and the casting by means of which more medals can be minted at a reasonable price. Prof. Viviani’s offer was accepted with gratitude.

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Prof. Edouard Drouhet (June 8, 1919- January 1, 2000)

Edouard Drouhet , a key figure in the field of medical mycology during the last century, died on January 1, 2000, in Paris.  He was born in Barlaad, Romania, in 1919 from a family of French descent. His grandfather was a medical doctor born in Blaye, in the Gironda region of France.  Prof. Drouhet was very proud of his French ancestry. In his writing he recalls with great emotion a visit to Blaye made in 1997 following a meeting of the French Society of Medical Mycology held in Arcachon.  That day he discovered in the cemetery of this small town the grave of his great-grand mother.
In Romania Drouhet began his studies in medicine and in 1944 he obtained his degree in medicine.  Twelve years later, he also obtained a degree in medicine at the University of Paris.  Soon after the end of the Second World War, he moved to Paris, together with his wife Victoria having earned a grant from the French Government.  In 1946 he joined Joseph Magrou, a physician and botanist and the director of the “Service de Physiologie Végétale-Mycologie” of the Pasteur Institute.
Prof. Drouhet decided to settle in Paris and in 1948 he was appointed as “attaché de recherches” at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) under the direction of Prof. André Lwoff, Noble Prize for Medicine and  Physiology.  In Paris, he specialised in Microbiology at the Pasteur Institute (1947), in Serology at the Fournier Institute (1948), and in 1954 he definitely joined the Pasteur Institute as “Chef de Laboratoire” in the Service of Prof. Magrou.  There he met Gabriel Segretain and François Mariat and the mutual understanding of the three scientists gave rise to the team that played a leading role in the development of Medical Mycology in France and in Europe.  Under the influence of Drouhet, the Service modified the direction of its research programs turning from botany to medical mycology.  It focused on human and animal pathogenic fungi and on the study of effective antifungal treatments for mycotic diseases.
In 1953, Prof. Drouhet together with Drs. Segretain and Mariat founded the “Cours supérieur de mycologie médicale” at the Pasteur Institute, a post-graduate Course that in 48 years trained about a thousand mycologists from France and other European and extra-European countries.  In a short period of time the Course gained importance representing probably the most important result of the teaching activities of Drouhet  brought indefatigably, to France and overseas, until recent years.  In 1953 Drouhet was also a co-founder of the International Society of Human and Animal Mycology (ISHAM) and in 1956, together with Segretain and Mariat, he founded the Société Française de Mycologie Médicale.  These three Institutions promoted and significantly contributed to the great development of the Medical Mycology in the ensuing years.  Forty years later, Prof. Drouhet supported with great enthusiasm the creation of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM).  He was convinced that future developments in European Medical Mycology would be achieved through the creation of networks on a continental level, dealing with epidemiological studies, on the standardization of diagnostic procedures, on educational programs and in training.  In 1972 Drouhet was given the rank of Professor at the Pasteur Institute and there he established the “Centre National de Référence des Mycoses et des Antifongiques” in Paris.  In 1981, he succeeded Gabriel Segretain as Director of the “Unité de Mycologie” of the Pasteur Institute, a position that he held until his retirement in 1987.  After his retirement, Drouhet actively participated in the scientific community ´s life and from 1990 he served as Chief Editor for the ”Journal de Mycologie Médicale”, which had replaced the “Bulletin de la Société Française de Mycologie Médicale”.  Through his guidance, the journal became one of the most authoritative in the field of Medical Mycology.
Since its beginning, Edouard Drouhet´s research work was characterized by its innovative nature.  Before his era, the Pasteur Institute´s studies on fungal pathogens were restricted to the field of botany.  Drouhet resolutely initiated the study of human and animal fungal pathogens, carrying out studies on the physiological and biochemical activities of these fungi in relation to their growth, morphogenesis and pathogenicity, and developing techniques for the rapid diagnosis of fungal diseases.
Drouhet greatly contributed to a better knowledge of diseases due to opportunistic fungi.  He highlighted new aspects of Candida albicans infections developing studies in prematures infants and children and discovering in 1980 a new cutaneous, ocular and osteoarticular septicemic syndrome in young heroin addicts.  In 1953 he was the first to test in France such new antifungals as nystatin and amphotericin B, defining dosage and therapeutic indications and investigating their mechanisms of action.
A constant interest of Drouhet´s researches was the host´s immunological response to fungal infections.  By 1950 he had already shown the role of a capsular polysaccharide (glucuronoxylomannan) of Cryptococcus neoformans in fungal virulence, and identified it as the cause of the immunological paralysis during cryptococcosis.  Finally he prepared standardised fungal antigens for the qualitative and quantitative study of serum antibodies in patients with deep-seated mycoses.
On June 5, 1999, at the ECMM Congress in Dresden, Edouard Drouhet took his leave from the scientific community.  He was very ill and suffering a great deal, but he forced himself to fulfil his commitment and gave a remarkable lecture on Emmonsia pasteuriana, the new species he had identified and named to commemorate his beloved Pasteur.  The audience witnessed a great lesson of scientific discipline and style and acknowledged Drouhet as a world class medical mycologist.

Maria Anna Viviani
From: ECMM Mycology Newsletter No. 5 , 2000  pg 4-5

for more infromation on the artist, who made the medal, see below.

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Floriano Bodini (Gemonio, Varese 1933 – Milano 2005)
After specializing in art subjects in secondary school, he attended the Accademy of Brera, guided by Francesco Messina.

In the middle of 1950, with Guerreschi, Vaglieri, Romagnoni, Ceretti, Ferroni and Banchieri, he was a member took of the Milanese group of young artists, called Essential Realism.

His works express the uneasiness and the anxiety of existence, particularly in his portraits, which are daily news of great expressive power and drama.

Since his debut he has been participating to very important public art exhibitions, in Milan, Rome, New York, Pittsburgh, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, Cologne, Hannover, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Bonn, Antwerp, Darmstadt.

In 1962 he was invited to XXI Biennial Exhibition of Art in Venice, where he exhibited seven works.

In 1968 he showed the memorable sculpture “Portrait of a Pope”, made with wood of Swiss stone pine, which aroused lively interest and was then collocated in Vatican Museums.

The sculptor has also a great graphic activity, of which in ´73 is published the first general catalogue “a pitiless diary” edited by Enzo Fabiani and in those years began a series of bronzes that built up the “restless biography” of domestic affections.
He taught at the secondary school of art and at the Academy of Brera when he was very young, than at the Academy of Carrara, of which he was the director until 1987 and president from 1991 to 1994, while he had a vital and never academic relationship with the education of young people, which would be always with him for the rest of his life.

He left the teaching in Carrara to hold the chair of sculpture to the Polytechnic of Architecture of Darmstadt from 1987 to 1998.

Since 1970, after wood and bronze, he has been enlarging his research to the use of marble, essential material for the cycle of great public works that would begin in ´80.

He first worked in the Carrara study and then in the Viggiù one.

Among his monumental works we remember the marble monument in Virgilio (Brindisi), the bronze memorial to Paolo VI (Sacro Monte of Varese), the marble monument of Candoglia to Paolo VI (Milan Cathedral), the high altar of Varese Cathedral, the monument to Cardinal Ferrari in Parma Cathedral, the complex of the high altar of the Loreto shrine Saint House, the marble memorial to the fallen in work in Carrara, the high altar of the Rho sanctuary, the altar of Vatican Grottos in S.Peter´s Basilica (Rome), the flight of doves in bronze for Agip offices of S. Donato Milanese, the memorial to Stradivari in Cremona, the bronze complex of Seven of Gottinga for the place of Parliament in Hannover(Germany), the Saint Door for the S.Giovanni´s Basilica in Laterano (Rome), The Altar of Eucharist to San Giovanni Rotondo in Renzo Piano´s architectonic complex, the memorial to Paolo VI in Aula Nervi in Vatican and the door of S.Vincenzo de Paoli´s Church in La Martella (Matera).

In 1999, in Gemonio, opened the Civic Museum “Floriano Bodini”. He donated a lot of his works and other contemporary´s and a considerable collection of books.

He died in Milan the 2nd July 2005.

The 2nd November 2007 Milan gave him the honour of the Famedio in Monumental Cemetery as he was a citizen who took part to the history of the city.