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University Medical Center Groningen

Antimicrobial Resistance

The Threat to Modern Medicine
Simulation training to visualize the transmission of microbes by fluorescence (photo: Erwin Raangs)
Simulation training to visualize the transmission of microbes by fluorescence (photo taken by Erwin Raangs)

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


July 2018
Deadline for application tba
Location University Medical Center Groningen


Organising Committee 2017

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







European Medical School Groningen-Oldenburg

U4 University Network Gent, Uppsala, Groningen, Göttingen

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