ESCMID Conference on Infections in Immunocompromised Hosts

17 - 18 November 2011, Istanbul, Turkey

Organising Committee

  • Murat Akova, Ankara, TR
  • Winfried V. Kern, Frieburg, DE
  • Claudio Viscoli, Genoa, IT

In cooperation with

ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts (ESGICH)

Conference Material

Webcasts of the conference are available in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library


Thursday, 17 November 2011


9.00-10.30   A new era has arrived: resistance in bacteria and fungi
Chairs: Mehmet Ali Özcan, Paul Verweij

  • Prognostic factors in invasive mold infections. Livio Pagano
  • Emerging resistance in mold infections. Paul Verweij 
  • Epidemiology of MDR bacteria in cancer patients. Laurent Poirel

11.00-12.30   Many bad bugs, only few drugs: treatment and prophylaxis
Chairs: Hamdi Akan, Claudio Viscoli

  • Role of antibacterial prophylaxis in selecting empirical therapy. Claudio Viscoli
  • Role of antifungal prophylaxis in selecting empirical therapy. Claudio Viscoli
  • Options for treating infections caused by MDR bacteria. Alessandra Micozzi

13.30-15.30 Infections in stem-cell recipients
Chairs: Mutlu Arat, Dan Engelhard

  • Update on CMV infections. Herman Einsele
  • Viral infections other than herpes simplex and CMV. Dan Engelhard

    Webcast not available

  • Vaccination. Dan Engelhard

    Webcast not available

16.00-17.30   Other diagnostic and therapeutic issues
Chairs: Beyza Ener, Manuel-Cuenca Estrella

  • What is new in diagnosing bacterial infections? Septifast, MALDI-TOF, gene arrays among others… Jacques Bille
  • Antifungal susceptibility and setting breakpoints. Manuel Cuenca-Estrella
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring (antifungal, antibacterials). Andreas Groll


Friday, 18 November 2011

08.30-10.00 European guidelines in immunocompromised patients
Chairs: Andrew Ullmann, Ömrüm Uzun

  • Non-invasive diagnosis of fungal infections. Peter Donnelly
  • Invasive candidiasis. Andrew Ullmann
  • Invasive aspergillosis. Catherine Cordonnier

    Webcast not available

  • Zygomycosis. Anna Skiada

    Webcast not available

10.30-12.00   Infections in solid-organ transplant (SOT) recipient
Chairs: Jose Maria Aguado, Hande Arslan

  • Controversies on the use of universal prophylaxis against CMV in SOT recipients. 
    A Pro-Contra debate
    Contra   Paolo Grossi
    Pro         Pascal Meylan
  • Tuberculosis in SOT Jose Maria Aguado
  • Immigration and SOT: an emerging problem Jordi Carratala 


  • Jose Maria Aguado,  Madrid, Spain
  • Hamdi Akan, Ankara, Turkey
  • Murat Akova, Ankara, Turkey
  • Sema Anak, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Mutlu Arat, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Sevtap Arikan Akdagli, Ankara, Turkey
  • Hande Arslan, Ankara, Turkey
  • Jacques Bille, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Jordi Carratala, Barcelona, Spain
  • Catherine Cordonnier, Creteil, France
  • Peter Donnelly, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Herman Einsele, Wurzburg, Germany
  • Beyza Ener, Bursa, Turkey
  • Dan Engelhard, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Madrid, Spain
  • Andreas Groll, Muenster, Germany
  • Paolo Grossi, Varese, Italy
  • Deniz Gur, Ankara, Turkey
  • Pascal Meylan, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Alessandra Micozzi, Rome, Italy
  • Mehmet Ali Ozcan, Izmir, Turkey
  • Livio Pagano, Rome, Italy 
  • Laurent Poirel, Paris, France
  • Anna Skiada, Athens, Greece
  • Andrew Ullmann, Mainz, Germany
  • Omrum Uzun, Ankara, Turkey
  • Paul Verweij, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  • Claudio  Viscoli, Genoa, Italy

Scientific Secretariat

Murat Akova
Section of Infectious Diseases
Hacettepe University
School of Medicine

06100 Ankara

Phone: +90 312 311 1271
Fax:      +90 312 310 4179


Administrative Secretariat

Ferda Ümit Ar

Turan Günes Bulvari 5
Cadde No: 13
06550 Yildiz, Cankaya, Ankara

Phone: +90 312 440 5011
Fax:      +90 312 441 4561

Conference Objectives

Objectives of the conference are to discuss and make the participants knowledgable on:

  • Epidemiology of emerging pathogens
  • Options for empirical therapy in wake of emerging bacterial and fungal resistance
  • New diagnostic and treatment modalities in bacterial and fungal infections
  • Update on recent European Guidelines on various aspects of infections in cancer patients
  • Update on infections in stem cell and solid organ transplant recipients


Target Audience

Specialists or physicians in training in the following disciplines: infectious diseases, clinical and medical microbiology, mycology, virology and, other disciplines dealing with immunocompromised patients (e.g. haematology, oncology, chest medicine)

    Conference Venue

    Istanbul Military Museum and Culture Center,
    Cumhuriyet Caddesi
    Harbiye, Istanbul, TR


    Endorsed by

    ESCMID Fungal Infections Study Group (EFISG)
    The European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
    European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer
    International Immunocompromised Host Society

    Turkish Microbiology Society
    Turkish Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
    Turkish Society for Specialists in Clinical Microbiology