The 8th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference (IMMC8)

We are pleased to announce The 8th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference (IMMC8). The meeting will be held in Manizales, Colombia, 24-27 August 2015. We invite scientists and students, mycologists, medical doctors, immunologists, contagious disease specialists, naturopaths, biochemists, and all those who are interested in studying and discussing the most current research on medicinal mushrooms and their properties.

Medicinal mushrooms have an established history of use in traditional oriental therapies. Contemporary research has validated and documented much of the ancient knowledge. Over the last three decades, the interdisciplinary field of medicinal mushrooms studies has advanced, and continues to reveal, unique and potent properties of compounds extracted from a wide range of medicinal mushroom species. Nowadays, the field is growing into a very fruitful and important area of science. Modern clinical practice in Japan, China, Korea, and other countries relies on mushroom-derived preparations.

The world of mushrooms is extremely abundant and diverse. The number of mushroom species on Earth is currently estimated at 160,000; yet, perhaps only 10% (approximately 16,000 named species) are known to science. Mushrooms are being evaluated for their nutritional value and acceptability as well as for their pharmacological properties. Recently studied medicinal actions of mushrooms include antitumor, immunomodulating, antioxidant, radical scavenging, cardiovascular, anti-hypercholesterolemia, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, hepatoprotective, and anti-diabetic effects. The majority of studies on medicinal mushroom science today include the anticancer action of mushroom components.

The market of dietary supplements from mushrooms is quickly growing and comprises a value of approximately $18 billion US dollars today, representing approximately 10% (roughly $200 billion USD) of the general market of dietary supplements. Due to current trends in the medicinal mushroom industry, organization of The International Medicinal Mushroom Conferences has become extremely important. It is imperative to bring together scientists from different medicinal mushroom fields to discuss scientific breakthroughs and to share current results from research being carried out all over the world.

In September 2001, the first IMMC was held in Kiev in the Ukraine. The second IMMC was conducted in Thailand, in 2003. The third IMMC was held in Port Townsend, USA, in 2005. The fourth IMMC was held in Slovenia, Ljubljana, in 2007. In 2009, the 5th IMMC was held in Nantong, China. In 2011 in Zagreb, Croatia, the 6th IMMC was organized. The last IMMC was organized in Beijing, China. To date, seven IMMCs (3 in Europe, 3 in Asia, and 1 in North America) have been organized. Now we are proud to announce The 8th International Medicinal Mushroom Conference in Manizales, Colombia. This conference will be the first IMMC to be held in South America.