ISF/ESCMID Sepsis Award

2017 recipient of ISF-ESCMID Sepsis Award

Sandra Asner, MD

Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology Unit

Lausanne University Hospital Switzerland

Lausanne, Switzerland


Research interests:

The International Sepsis Forum (ISF) a non-profit public American charity with a mission to improve outcomes for patients with sepsis. Its award gives the recipient USD 500 and the opportunity to present their work orally during the ISF/ECCMID joint session. Sandra Asner’s successful abstract, addressing the burden of pneumococcalsepsis amongst children in the Swiss Pediatric Sepsis study (SPSS), stems from her collaboration as primary investigator with the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Group of Switzerland (PIGS).

She is currently Head of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases & Vaccinology Unit at Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland, where she is also responsible for teaching and research. Following her medical doctorate in 2008, she specialized in pediatrics and then infectious diseases at Bern University before pursuing a clinical and research fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and obtaining an MSc inClinical Research from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Sandra Asner’s research focuses on respiratory infections in immunocompromised children and those with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). Her involvement in the MUCOVIB multicentre project, investigating the contribution of respiratory viruses and intracellular bacteria on bacterial biodiversity changes in CF respiratory microbiota overtime, earned her a prestigious grant from the Leenaards Foundation in Switzerland.