Prof D W Denning FRCP FRCPath DCH FMedSci

Professor of Infectious Diseases

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Principal Investigator, Manchester Fungal infection Group

Managing Editor, The Aspergillus Website

Chief Executive, Global Action Fund for Fungal infections (GAFFI)



  • Retired physician with expertise in fungal infections, particularly aspergillosis, antifungal resistance, the treatment of fungal infection and infection in the immunocompromised patient
  • Graduate of Guys Hospital London in 1980, with training in medicine, paediatrics, gastroenteroloy, haematology, infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, including a 3 year fellowship at Stanford University with Professor David Stevens (1987-1990)
  • Author of >700 research papers and chapters, mostly on fungal disease, resistance in fungi and treatment of fungal infection.
  • Co-author of ‘Medicine' with Professor Paul O'Neil and Dr Tim Dornan, an undergraduate textbook of medicine now in its third edition (2008).
  • Google H-index of 125
  • Personal citation index of >90,000 
  • Highly cited author globally 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Research grant income to Manchester University >£30M since 1990
  • Ex-Director of National Aspergillosis Centre (2009-2020)
  • Co-ordinator of the International Genome Sequencing project for Aspergillus fumigatus (funded by NIH, Wellcome Trust and Spanish government) (1997-2005)
  • Founder and Editor of Aspergillus website (1998-)
  • Consultant (current or past) to multiple pharmaceutical companies with regard to antifungal drug discovery including Merck, Pfizer, Schering Plough, Biosergen, Pulmocide and Astellas.
  • Founder of F2G Ltd, an antifungal drug discovery company spun out from Manchester University (1998-).
  • Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Myconostica (acquired by Trinity Biotech), developing and commercialising molecular diagnostics for fungal disease (2006-2011).
  • Listed in Who's Who in the World since 1996/7 Listed in Who's Who in Healthcare since 1997 Listed in Who's Who in Science and Technology since 2005, in Who's Who 2013-
  • Chairman of several international conferences (Trends in Invasive Fungal Infection (x3 1993, 1997 and 1999; Advances against Aspergillosis x6 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, 2022: Aspergillus Genetics and Genomes Focus Meeting 2004, and other smaller meetings) and sessions at major congresses.
  • MacFarlane Burnett Lecturer to the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases, 2005.
  • Edouard Drouhet medal lecture at the European Confederation of Medical Mycology, 2017
  • Keynote plenary speaker at the European Conference on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, 2008; International Society for Human and Animal Mycology, Tokyo, 2009; Asian Mycological Congress, Beijing, 2013; Trends in Medical Mycology, Copenhagen, 2013, International Union of Microbiological Societies, Montreal, 2014; European Academy of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (EAACI), Lisbon, 2019.
  • Director of the Leading International Fungal Education (LIFE) program on behalf of the Fungal Infection Trust, 2012 –
  • Founding President, now Chief Executive of Global Action For Fungal Infections (GAFFI) in Geneva and UK, 2013-, focussed on advocacy for fungal disease to governments and global agencies, including the WHO.
  • Member of the SEARO Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) (2019-)

Social responsibility

Leading International Fungal Education (LIFE) at

Global Action For Fungal Infections at



External positions

Chief Executive, Global Action For Fungal Infections

31 Jul 2001 → …

Areas of expertise

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1980 - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery The University of London

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