6th International Day for Fighting Infection Sometimes They Come Back... How major scourges of the past still affect mankind

23 April 2013, Verona, Italy


European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID)


For the sixth consecutive year ESCMID is about to celebrate the International Day for Fighting Infection.

The conference will be held as usual on St. George’s Day, and its main topic will be how major scourges belonging to the past still show their ugly faces and still affect mankind.

The conference will be held at the University of Verona, Italy, where in 1546 Girolomo Fracastoro proposed that epidemic diseases were caused by transferable tiny particles able to transmit infection by direct or indirect contact.

Conference Venue

Aula “Giorgio De Sandre”
School of Medicine
University of Verona
Policlinico G.B. Rossi
37134 Verona, Italy

Scientific Programme

Marc Sprenger, ECDC, Stockholm
Nedret Emiroglu, WHO Europe, Copenhagen

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

15:00Plague, the Great Mortality. Giuseppe Cornaglia
15:30Tuberculosis, the White Plague. Francis Drobniewski
16:00Smallpox, the Angel of Death. Gareth Williams
16:30Two Hundred Years of Fear and Mystification: The Battle Against Cholera. Renaud Piarroux
17:30Rabies, a Threat from the Wilderness. Paola De Benedictis
18:00Europe as a Polio-free Region: The Role of WHO. Nedret Emiroglu
18:30Of Mice, Men and other Animals: The Human-Animal Interface.
Albert Osterhaus
19:00The Antibiotic Era – is it over? Gunnar Kahlmeter
19:30New Lifestyles Bring in New Plagues. Ilaria Capua
  • Ilaria Capua, Padua, Italy
  • Giuseppe Cornaglia, Verona, Italy
  • Paola De Benedictis, Padua, Italy
  • Francis Drobniewski, London, United Kingdom
  • Nedret Emiroglu, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Gunnar Kahlmeter, Växjö, Sweden
  • Albert Osterhaus, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Renaud Piarroux, Marseille, France
  • Marc Sprenger, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Gareth Williams, Bristol, United Kingdom
Registration Fee

Participation to the conference is free of charge, participants have to arrange and pay for travel and accommodation on their own.

Registration Procedure

No registration required.

Scientific Secretariat

Giuseppe Cornaglia
Dept. of Pathology and Diagnostics
University of Verona
37134 Verona, Italy

Phone +39 045 802 71 96
Fax +39 045 802 71 01

Administrative Secretariat

Thomas Greif
ESCMID Executive Office
Gerbergasse 14
4001 Basel, Switzerland

Phone +41 61 508 01 54
Fax +41 61 508 01 51