First Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark – How will it work?

In August, the Access to Medicine Foundation published a methodology for the first Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark. This is the first independently developed framework for analysing how the pharmaceutical industry can limit AMR. We interviewed Jayasree K. Iyer (Executive Director) about how the Benchmark will work and what expects her team to find out. First of […]

Dr. Chris Knight

AMR is rising rather in “lonely” bacteria

Lonely bacteria are nearly ten times as likely to mutate to resist antibiotics as those living in dense populations – this is the topic of a recently published study in the PLOS journal. We interviewed the senior author of the study, Dr Chris Knight from the University of Manchester. It is very interesting to read […]

Dr. Enrique Castro-Sánchez

AMR: an interdisciplinary project, including design and visualisation to imagine the implications of antibiotic loss

Antimicrobial Resistance research projects have different faces. We want to present an exceptional one, that includes design and visualisation. An interview with Dr. Enrique Castro-Sánchez, Academic Research Nurse at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance…. Using various approaches including design and visualisation to imagine the implications of antibiotic […]

SPARK – toward a Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge

To stimulate the development of innovative antibiotics in the battle against drug-resistant bacteria, the Pew Charitable Trusts announced that it will create a digital platform (SPARK = Shared Platform for Antibiotic Research and Knowledge). This platform allows researchers to share data, ideas and insights. An interview with Kathy Talkington, director of Pew’s antibiotic-resistance project. I […]

Prof. Céline Pulcini

Antibiotic Stewardship Teams: Two main actions are required!

Despite the importance of AS teams in optimizing the management of infections, they remain understaffed or non-existent in most countries. Two main actions are required, says Prof. Céline Pulcini (Université de Lorraine), author of a recently published Expert Commentary: First, staffing standards, based on the list of core actions that stewardship teams must implement. Second, […]

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 […]

HAI – We will work on it to make people safer and healthier!

All good things go by three – This week we are presenting the third winner of the (Semmelweis Conference) poster presentation: Agita Melbarde-Kelmere. Carola Timmel interviewed her on the subject of hygiene in Latvia and her expectations regarding ICPIC 2017. Agita, at the last CEE Semmelweis Conference you were invited by Prof. Didier Pittet (WHO) […]

Infection control on the movie screen – why films like “Aviator” help preventing infections

“Aviator” with Leonardo Di Caprio, “Double Trouble” with Bud Spencer, or “The Rebound” with Catherine Zeta-Jones. What do this films have in common? “They include infection control scenes. “And we can profit from this movie-scenes in infection control”, says Dr. Bori Szel (Univ. Szeged, Hungary), one of the 3 poster-winners (“IC on the movie screen”) […]

It is the first time that I participate at ICPIC – and this is very exciting!

The ICPIC Conference (20-23 June, Geneva) is approaching rapidly. We are looking forward to meet initiator Prof. Didier Pittet, speakers and conference participants. But Bernhard Küenburg and me are also looking forward to meet those three young women, who were the winners of the poster presentation at the CEE Semmelweis Conference in March 2017 (Budapest), […]