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


20 - 24 August 2017


Deadline for application

1 June 2017



University Medical Center Groningen



€ 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