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Throughout the years, Malassezia have been implicated in a wide variety of human diseases, ranging from the usually minor, such as dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis, to the downright devastating, such as pancreatic cancer and Crohn's disease. In the table below, we provide a brief summary of these conditions that includes useful info such as priority status to the Foundation, quality of evidence, epidemiology and key references.

We consider sponsoring research projects for all diseases listed here—resources allowing. While financial constraints prevent us from studying all of them currently, we know that advancing research for any disease in this table will have positive spillovers for the other listed diseases, such as: raising awareness about Malassezia, testing novel and existing antifungals and developing common culture, microbiome and immunology techniques.


Until very recently, Malassezia were thought to be confined to the human skin. The following table lists other human organs where Malassezia have been reported.

If you spot anything in the tables above that you think is wrong or missing, please reach out to us through our "Contact Us" page.

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