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ESCMID Study Group for Clostridium difficile - ESGCD

News & Activities

Here is the new ESGCD Executive Committee:

  • John Coia, United Kingdom (Chairperson)
  • Sarah Tschudin Sutter, Switzerland (Secretary)
  • Karen Burns, Ireland (Treasurer)
  • Marcela Krutova, Czech Republic
  • Alban Le Monnier, France
  • Bente Olesen, Denmark
  • Elena Reigadas Ramírez, Spain
  • Lutz von Müller, Germany

We thank all previous Executive Committee members for their excellent work over the last years. We are looking forward to continuing this work.

Your new Executive Committee

  • Sunday, 10 April 2016
    16.00 h - 18.00 h (Hall D)
    2-hour Symposium SY073: Clostridium difficile infections from East to West
    18.15 h - 19.15 h (Room: G106)
    ESGCD Meeting: All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future Study Group activities.
14 October 2015

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop 'Clostridium difficile: Practical Aspects of Diagnostics, Typing and Comparative Genomics' successfully held on 2-4 September 2015 in Maribor, Slovenia

Sixteen participants from 13 countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom) and nine faculty members from 7 countries (Austria, Hungary, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, France, Italy, Slovenia), supported by staff members from the Maribor Medical Faculty and from NLZOH made this three-days hands-on training in practical aspects of diagnostics, typing and comparative genomics on Clostridium difficile a great success.

Details on the programme can be found on the course leaflet.

Presentations are available here.

  • Sunday, 26 April 2015
    18.15 - 19.15 (Room 20)
    ESGCD Business Meeting: All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future Study Group activities.
  • Monday, 27 April 2015
    16.00 - 18.00 (Hall C)
    ESGCD Symposium SY40: News from basic science for clinical application in Clostridium difficile infections. Organized jointly with the Molecular Diagnostics Group (ESGMD).
  • Sunday, 11 May 2014
    11.30 - 12.30 (Hall E)
    ESGCD Symposium: Emergence of Clostridium difficile infections outside healthcare facilities.
    18.15 - 19.45 (Room M211/212)
    ESGCD Business Meeting: All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future Study Group activities.
  • Monday, 12 May 2014
    16.00 - 18.00 (Hall H)
    ESGCD Symposium: New approaches to prevent transmission of Clostridium difficile infections.
  • Saturday, 27 April 2013
    11.00 - 13.00 (Hall D)
    ESGCD Educational Workshop 17: Clostridium difficile in 2013: what's new?
  • Sunday, 28 April 2013
    18.15 - 19.15 (Hall 9)
    ESGCD Business Meeting
    : All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future ESGCD activities.

For more details, please check the ECCMID programme.

ECCMID programme

  • 31 March, 11.00-13.00
    Educational Workshop EW14 "Pathogenesis and treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infections (CDI)"
  • 3 April, 9.00-11.00
    2-hour Symposium "The epidemiology and clinical relevance of Clostridium difficile in specific populations"
  • 1 April, 18.15-19.15 (Meeting Room 5/6)
    ESGCD Business Meeting
    All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future ESGCD activities.

For more details, please check the ECCMID programme.

ECCMID programme

Download the Minutes of the ESGCD Business Meeting held on 11 November 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.

ESGCD Meeting Minutes available

Download the ESGCD Meeting Minutes for
2011 Business Meeting

2011 Commitee Meeting

both held at 21st ECCMID / 27th ICC 2011 in Milan, IT.

  • 7 May, 11.00-13.00
    Educational Workshop EW13 "Clostridium difficile treatment"
  • 9 May, 18.15-19.15 (Room Blue 1)
    ESGCD Business Meeting
    All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future ESGCD activities.

For more details, please check the ECCMID/ICC programme.

ECCMID/ICC programme

Bauer MP, Notermans DW, van Benthem BH, Brazier JS, Wilcox MH, Rupnik M, Monnet DL, van Dissel JT, Kuijper EJ; ECDIS Study Group et al.

Lancet. 2011 Jan 1;377(9759):63-73

Download the ESGCD Meeting Minutes for
2010 Business Meeting

2010 Commitee Meeting

both held at 20th ECCMID 2010 in Vienna, AT.

Role of Anaerobic Bacteria in Infection: Diagnostics, Antibiotic Resistance, New Therapeutic Options

ESGARAB and ESGCD organized this ESCMID PGTW in Groningen, The Netherlands, 22 - 27 March 2010.

Still difficult; clinical practice guidelines for Clostridium difficile infection

 

ESCMID guidelines concerning CDI and CDAD

 

C. difficile culture collection

The ESGCD culture collection of C. difficile is based in the Anaerobe Reference Laboratory at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK. Cultures are kept on beads at -80 degrees Celsius. Colleagues wishing to deposit isolates should apply to Dr. J.S. Brazier via email.



The collection is meant for collaborative study purposes and to act as a bank of European isolates representing those strains causing infections across Europe.

Participation in the EU Framework 7 project "The Physiological Basis of Hypervirulence in Clostridium difficile: a Prerequisite for Effective Infection Control"

Principal investigator

Nigel Minton, Nottingham, UK

ESGCD workpackage leaders

Anne Collignon, Bondy, FR

Paola Mastrantonio, Rome, IT

Ed Kuijper, Leiden, NL

Clostridium difficile Meeting

The First Clostridium difficile International Symposium (FICDS) was held from 5 to 7 May 2004 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. With 91 participants from 19 countries (UK, USA, France, Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, Hungary, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Iran, Turkey, Spain, Canada, Norway) the meeting provided a perfect environment for discussion and the exchange of ideas. The programme included different aspects of C. difficile research: clinical (human and veterinary), pathogenesis, alternative treatment methods, antibiotic resistance, genome sequencing, genetics and development of new genetic tools, sporulation, quorum sensing, typing methods, phages, large clostridial toxins, binary toxin, laboratory diagnostic, epidemiology, prevention of infection and environmental contamination, development of vaccines.

The nomenclature of C. difficile toxins and toxin genes was discussed and agreement on unified nomenclature was reached.

Last update: 21 April 2016

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