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University Medical Center Groningen

prof. dr. A.W. Friedrich

Chair and head of department
prof. dr. A.W. Friedrich

Personal information

Born in 1971 in Nürnberg, Germany

Professional appointments

Since 2011 Professor and Chair of Medical Microbiology and Infection Prevention at the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen), Head of Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG)

2006-2010 Chef de Clinique  at the Institute of Hygiene of the University Hospital Münster (Germany), head of unit for infection control and hospital hygiene, physician responsible for the microbiological laboratories of the Institute of Hygiene

2006 Habilitation (Privatdozent) and Venia legendi for the subject "Hygiene and Microbiology" at the Medical Faculty of the Westphalian Wilhelm University of Münster

2004 Specialist for Medical Microbiology, Virology and Infection Epidemiology

1998- 2004 Assistant doctor at the Institute of Hygiene and Microbiology of the University of Würzburg, the institut of Medical Microbiology, the Institute of Hygiene, the Infectious Disease clinic of the University Hospital of Münster 

1999 Full approbation as a medical doctor

1990 - 1997 Studies of human medicine at the University of Würzburg, Coimbra, Portugal (92/93) and Rome, Italy (96/97)

Active member and representative

2004 to 2011 Member of the commission for blood safety at the Robert Koch-Institut (deputy representative of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology)
2006-2011 Elected Member of the Medical Faculty Council of the University of Münster
2007-2011 Secretary of the Executive Commitee of European Study Group on Epidemiological marker (ESGEM) of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
2011-2014  Chair of the Executive Commitee of European Study Group on Epidemiological marker (ESGEM) of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)
2009-2011 Deputy Chairman of the scientific work group of the DGHM for infection prevention and antibiotic resistance in hospital hygiene (FG PR)
2009-2016 National Representative in the Section of Medical Microbiology of the Union Européenne des Médicins Spécialistes (UEMS)
2012-2015 Appointed Member of the Scientific Council of the European Medical School (EMS) Groningen-Oldenburg
2012-2016 Appointed Member of the German commission for Antiinfektiva, Resistenz und Therapie (ART) at the Robert Koch Institute (German National Antibiotic Commission)
2012-2016 Appointed Member of Board of the Dutch Stichting Werkgroep Antibitoticabeleid (SWAB) (Dutch National Antibiotic Commission)
2016-2020 Member of the Dutch National Health Council (Gezondheidsraad- commissie curatieve zorg)
2016-2020 Member of the steering committee of the Dutch Stichting Dierengeneesmiddeleen Autoriteit (SDa)
2016-2024, Member of the Executive Board (treasurer) of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID)
2018-2020 Chair of the board of head of departments of the University Medical Center Groningen
Since 2018 Themeleader "Antibiotic Resistance" of the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health"



1990-1997 Full Scholarship of the Deutsche Studienstiftung

2008   Biomeriéux-Diagnostic-Award, awarded by the Foundation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie (DGHM) in Dresden

2009   Hygiene-Award of the Rudolph-Schuelke-Foundation

2010  Robert Koch Young Investigator-Award, presented in the born-town of Robert Koch “Clausthal-Zellerfeld” on the occasion of the given 100th anniversary

2012   Health and Prevention-Award of the German Federal State Nordrhein-Westfalen

2014  Johan-Peter-Frank-Medal of the Federal Society of Public Health

2019  Robert Koch-Award for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention

 Language knowledge:

German, Greek, Italian, Dutch, English, Portuguese, Spanish, French

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Last modified:17 March 2021 4.48 p.m.

Contact information

Antonius Deusinglaan 1
9713 AV Groningen
The Netherlands