May 25

Blogging in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology: assessment of the ‘blogosphere’ content

We recently enterprised an evaluation of blogs availables in the field of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, antimicrobial stewardship and infection control. The following poster has been presented by Rachael Troughton (Imperial College London) at the last congress of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Atlanta May 2016. This study is helping in understanding how bloggers and readers use blogs for their professional activites. You will also find a list of high-level blogs deeply assessed.

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May 14

My ECCMID 2016 in Amsterdam

Here is a summary of studies and topics presented at the last ECCMID in Amsterdam.


Apr 22

Doors opening and infectious risk in clean surgery: A Prospective, Cross-sectional Study, the ARIBO project

I had the chance the present some preliminary results of the ARIBO project at the last European Conference of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases during which we assessed healthcare professionals behaviour during orthopaedic and cardiac procedures and it impact on the infectious risk.

The audience seemed to be interested with very good questions: what is the number of meters performed by people and what’s the impact on the air contamination? Is the type of ventilation system prevent the risk link to bad behaviour?

You will find below the PDF of the presentation. Feel free to comment!!!!




Mar 24

Literature review on healthcare associated infections in intensive cares.


These slides were presented the 23rd March 2016 in Paris. This is a literature review of all relevant articles published from january 2015 to march 2016 on healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in critical cares. Most of slides are in English but some stay in French.

Oct 19

Literaturte review on Healthcare associated infections Sept – Oct 2015

Please click here to get the PDF of the literature review



Oct 09

The official launch of the Antimicrobial Research Collaborative (ARC)


ARC fellowsOne of the world’s most ambitious collaborations to tackle the rise of drug resistant infections has launched at Imperial College London the 25th of september.

The Antimicrobial Research Collaborative (ARC) at Imperial we are attacking antimicrobial resistance from all angles. By bringing together leaders in microbiology, engineering, chemistry, clinical research, epidemiology, health economics, and more, we take a holistic approach to tackling this great threat to humanity.

Researchers, clinicians and allied healthcare professionals from Imperial’s faculties, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, industrial and third party collaborators will work together to address the global threat of drug-resistant infections.  They will conduct interdisciplinary research in drug-resistant infections, and translate findings into novel infection prevention strategies and therapies that can benefit patients.

Six recipients from Imperial’s School of Public Health, Department of Medicine and Life Sciences were awarded ARC Early Career Research Fellowships. These are one year funding awards for early career postdoctoral researchers who are working in the field of antimicrobial research.

Dr Martin Cole, Imperial alumnus and former Director Research Programmes, GSK (Pharma), presented the fellowships to Dr Gabriel Birgand, Dr Enrique Castro-Sanchez, Dr Myrsini Kaforou, Dr Johanna Rhodes, Dr Simren Gill and Dr Martina Valentini at the event.

Further information on ARC can be found on the ARC pages.


Aug 21

CDC Vital Signs: Stop the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance

Apr 21

Resistance to synthetic antibiotics in an uncontacted Amerindians population

As the climate change, everybody on earth is affected by the antibiotic resistance. The proof have been made by a multidisciplinary team from US and Venezuela with this paper published in Science advance.


In 2008, an unmapped village of Amazonas state in Venezuela counting 34 subjects was sighted by an army helicopter, and a medical mission landed there in 2009. Volar forearm skin, oral mucosa, and fecal samples were collected before the health team vaccinated children and administered antibiotics.

These Yanomami harbor a microbiome with the highest diversity of bacteria and genetic functions ever reported in a human group. The unfortunate thing is that they harbor bacteria that carry functional antibiotic resistance (AR) genes, including those that confer resistance to synthetic antibiotics and are syntenic with mobilization elements.

This suggest that westernization significantly affects human microbiome diversity and that functional AR genes appear to be a feature of the human microbiome even in the absence of exposure to commercial antibiotics.

The restoration of the microbiome could reverse the current trend in metabolic and inflammatory diseases.


Mar 11

A ticking time bomb: the infectious threat of antibiotic resistance by Prof Dame Sally Davies

Mar 10

ARIBO project: presentation at the University of Leicester 9 March 2015

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