199 th birthday of Ignaz Semmelweis (1st of July): Let’s follow him with the same dedication and courage that he has shown for the sake of his patients!

Dr. Bernhard Küenburg President Semmelweis Foundation Last week we had the pleasure to attend the ICPIC in Geneva, the leading infection prevention conference in the world. It was an excellent meeting with respect to first class lectures, hundreds of posters and a lot of time for good networking in the coffee breakes. It is easy […]

Dr. Cornelia Lass-Flörl

24th Dosch Symposium: We had a packed program!

Emerging pathogens, whole genome sequencing and many other issues were discussed at the 24th Dosch Symposium (May 15-17, Carinthia, Austria). Dr Cornelia Lass-Flörl – head of the division of hygiene and medical microbiology at the medical university Innsbruck & scientific organiser of the symposium) was interviewed by Carola Timmel. Mrs. Lass-Flörl, which were the main […]

DRI: The goal is to communicate relative changes in antibiotic effectiveness at multiple levels.

The Drug Resistance Index (DRI) is an important tool to understand the development of drug resistance. About the latest trends we asked Dr. Eili Klein, fellow at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, who is involved in the design and development of the Index. Mr. Klein, according to the Drug Resistance Index, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Portrait of Dr. Bernhard Küenburg lecturing

CEE – a region with considerable backlog

A symposium on the occasion of the international day of hand hygiene took place on May, 2nd in the festival room of the Austrian Ministry of health. Among the speakers was the president of the Semmelweis Foundation, Dr. Bernhard Küenburg. Safe Surgical Care – Hand Hygiene for the prevention of postoperative wound infection: This was […]

Dr. Micael Bell

AMR: Ambitious initiatives of the U.S. government

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year at least two million illnesses and 23.000 deaths are caused by drug-resistant bacteria in the United States. What are the main initiatives of the U.S. government to combat the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance, and what are the next steps for 2016? We asked […]

Dr. Lloyd Czaplewski

Alternatives to antibiotics – a pipeline portfolio review

In the recently published study “Alternatives to antibiotics – a pipeline portfolio review” (The Lancet, 12 January 2016) the scientists demonstrate the ten most promising so called “non-compound approaches”. What must be done to develop these “A2A-s”? We asked co-author Dr. Lloyd Czaplewski, Director at Chemical Biology Ventures Limited, UK. Dr. Czaplewski, the study gives […]

Can spaceflights help us learn more about AMR?

What is the impact of space flight on bacterial virulence and antibiotic susceptibility? With this subject is dealing Peter Taylor, Professor of Microbiology, University College London. Carola Timmel met him on the occasion of his visit to Vienna. Professor Taylor, in a recently published study (July/2015) you reviewed The impact of space flight on bacterial […]