LIFE Worldwide Webinar: Cryptococcal antigen

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Earn RCPath CPD points by attending free fungal diagnostics webinars

Registration now open for free webinars in fungal diagnostics!
First Wednesday of each month, 13:00-14:00 UK time (BST)  

Serious fungal infections such as invasive aspergillosis can be difficult to diagnose due to often non-specific features (fever, cough, weight loss, rash, raised CRP, increased oxygen requirement) and low awareness of fungal infections. Many regions around the world have limited access to a mycology lab, and turnaround times can be long for traditional tests such as fungal cultures. This can lead to delays in treatment that cost lives.

LIFE Worldwide has produced a series of webinars aimed at laboratory and clinical staff to explain which tests are available, how to select the appropriate test, how to perform it, and how to interpret the results in a clinical context. Of particular interest are the rapid point-of-care (‚bedside‘) tests, which can return a result in less than 30 minutes.

PO Box 482, Macclesfield
Cheshire, SK10 9AR
United Kingdom

Summer 2020 programme:

  • Aspergillus antigen (Weds 3rd June)
  • Beta-D-glucan (Weds 1st July)
  • Cryptococcal antigen (Weds 5th Aug)
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring of antifungals (Weds 2nd Sep)

Aimed at:

  • Medical laboratory staff wishing to improve or expand their testing capabilities for fungal infections, particularly point-of-care tests
  • Specialist clinicians wishing to better understand how to select the appropriate test(s) for their clinical situation and interpret the results


  • 1 CPD credit per webinar attended (RCPath)
  • Registration is required in order to receive your certificate


  • How the test works
  • Video protocols for carrying out the different assays currently available from major suppliers, including any point-of-care (‘bedside’) tests
  • How to interpret and report results, including any important caveats and potential sources of false results
  • Performance (sn/sp/PPV/NPV) in different diseases and patient groups
  • Illustrated with recent scientific research and medical images
  • Live Q&A session

How to participate:

  • Register now at (choose between English or Chinese versions)
  • We will email the Cisco/WebEx link and password to you the day before each webinar
  • Ask us questions during the live Q&A session following the talk
  • Webinars will be available on the LIFE Worldwide YouTube channel after each event