Fakultät VI - Medizin und Gesundheitswissenschaften

Antimicrobial Resistance
The Threat to Modern Medicine

Over 4 million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) each year in the European Union of which approximately 37.000 die as a direct consequence of HAI. Moreover, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens the effective treatment of an ever increasing range of bacterial infections, reducing the outcome of modern medicine e.g. oncology, transplantation and intensive care. To avert the spread of highly resistant bacteria, especially within hospital settings, accurate knowledge of preventive practices and of the transmission routes of these bacteria is required. Patient transfer between hospitals and in particular between countries is a risk factor for the spread of bacteria that are resistant to last-line antibiotics such as carbapenems, as concluded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

An innovative aspect of the AMR summer school is the bedside hands-on teaching/practical of representative patient cases in our ‘skills lab’, with patients played by professional actors. Participants will discuss and practice in real-time the management of each ‘patient’ in terms of infection prevention and control, diagnostics and treatment. With modern techniques unnoticed transmission of microbes are made visible to everybody’s eyes.

At the AMR summer school participants will be taught by top experts covering all major aspects of AMR. The programme will focus on:

  • Antibiotic resistance & bacterial resistance mechanisms
  • HAI, epidemiology, diagnostics & therapy
  • Infection prevention and control
  • One Health approach
  • Infection risks in a susceptible population
  • Practical Diagnostics
Period 20 - 24 August 2017
Deadline for application 1 June 2017
Location University Medical Center Groningen
Fee € 425 (including housing)
€ 175 (excluding housing)
Organising Committee Prof. dr. Alex Friedrich, Academic Coordinator
Dr. Ieneke van der Gun, Coordinator
Dr. Adriana Tami, Coordinator
Theresa Birmes, Student assistant
Mohjah Abu al Makarem, Student assistant
Simon Pabst, Student assistant
Mathilde Luise Ruis, Student assistant
Philipp Siemer, Student assistant
Contact summerschoolAMR@rug.nl