|Description:||This historic image depicted Dr. Lucille K. Georg (Rt), who was the second mycologist hired by Centers for Disease Control’s Dr. Ajello in 1947-48. Dr. Georg was standing with her student, Dr. Rhoda Benham of Columbia University, who herself, was a pioneer in starting medical mycology efforts in the United States. The photograph showed Dr. Georg and her student, as they were presenting a poster presentation entitled, “Some Common Dermatophytes – The Influence of the Culture Media on Gross and Microscopic Characteristics”. The display took place at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting held in Chicago in 1957. This, indeed, is a very rare photograph of both the professor and her student together. The Medical Mycological Society of the Americas has a special award named the “Rhoda Benham Award”, which is awarded by the society every year to an outstanding medical mycologist.|
Started in 1947, the original Mycology Unit has evolved into the current Div. of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Mycotic Diseases Branch, which is a part of the Nat. Center for Infectious Diseases.
The spectrum of epidemiologic activities includes investigations of outbreaks, surveillance for trends in invasive fungal infections, determination of risk factors, the development and evaluation of prevention guidelines and intervention strategies. Laboratory activities include collaboration in outbreak investigations and surveillance studies, and applied research aimed at control and prevention of mycotic diseases through application of advancements in mycologic, molecular biologic and immunologic methods.