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Acivities and highlights of the Semmelweis Foundation 2016

Dear friends of Semmelweis, 2016 was a very active year for the Semmelweis Foundation. After having evaluated all the positive and inspiring feedback of the conference in 2015, this year was a year of moving forward the Semmelweis web platform. It was restructured, and our journalist has increased her activities in interviewing interesting experts and […]

HAI in CEE Countries – there is much to do

The problem of HAI and AMR is a hot topic in the CEE region, says Veronika Kovalová, International Product Manager at Biomedica. Mrs. Kovalová, you are traveling a lot in the CEE countries – what are the specific challenges in this region? What I want to emphasize, is the fact that the problem of HAI […]

Dr. Levy Stuart

APUA – a pioneer in the field of AMR

The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) was founded in 1981, at a time where almost nobody thought about AMR. Except a few people. An interview with Dr. Levy Stuart, founder of the organisation. Mr. Stuart, APUA was founded more than 35 years ago, as a global nonprofit organization with the goals of […]

When Sacher cakes are embarking for a journey

Congresses are connecting – this demonstrates the example of two important institutions and their initiatives. The participation of Prof. Vasili Akimkim at the first Semmelweis CEE conference on hospital hygiene and patient safety last year in Vienna was followed by a return invitation of the president of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küeenburg. A report […]

Joakim Larsson

Air samples from Beijing contain DNA that make bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics we have

Researchers in Gothenburg have shown that air samples from Beijing contain DNA from genes that make bacteria resistant to the most powerful antibiotics we have. We interviewed study co-author Joakim Larsson, professor at Sahlgrenska Academy and director of the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research at the University of Gothenburg. Prof. Larsson, at the IMED 2016 […]

Antibiotics - Handle with care

“Antibiotics are not a magic drug!”

Health care workers (HCW) play a vital role in preventing the spread of AMR (antimicrobial resistance).  In the course of this years’ Antibiotic Awareness Week (Nov. 14-20), WHO Europe has interviewed HCW from across the European Region about their experiences with antibiotic resistance and how they are working to stop it. The Semmelweis Foundation is […]

Have bacteria won?

Have bacteria won? With this question Hugh Pennington goes straight to the heart of a growing public anxiety. The author, an emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Qualified optimism is the message for the future, you say in your book, published some months ago.  I like this […]

Dr. Britta Lassmann

Alert system ProMED: often times quicker than other well-known reporting systems

The alert system ProMED reports quickly on outbreaks of emerging diseases around the globe – often times quicker than other well-known reporting systems. This can be explained by two main reasons: Informal reports on outbreaks can be made through a secure platform, and a worldwide staff of so-called subject matter experts is communicating on real-time […]

Their grand goal is to find new antibiotics

The world without bacteria is boring. We can`t live without it! This sentence originates from a student of the Small World Initiative. 8.000 other students around the world share this passion. Their grand goal is to find new antibiotics. Did they already discovered something relevant? Carola Timmel asked Erika Kurt, President and CEO of the […]

Lugdunin: Bacteria in the nose could be antibiotic factories

Researchers have discovered that bacteria from the human nose produce an antibiotic, which is effective against multiresistant pathogens. Which will be the next steps to see whether “lugdunin” really can find therapeutic application in the future? Carola Timmel asked study co-author Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Peschel from the Infection Biology Department of the University of Tubingen. […]