Research Grant Awardees 2010

We are pleased to present the 19 individuals who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects.

Alexandra Aubry
Microbiology, National Reference Center for Tuberculosis, Paris, France

Investigation of fluoroquinolone resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Andrea Brenciani
Department of Biomedical Sciences, Section of Microbiology, Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy

New genetic elements and resistance mechanisms in macrolide-resistant Streptococcus pyogenes

Didier Cabanes
Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular, (IBMC), Porto, Portugal

Novel host factors tyrosine-phosphorylated in response to bacterial pathogens: function in the establishment and persistence of cellular infections
final report

Corine Geurts van Kessel
Dept. of Virology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The role of dendritic cells in bronchus-associated lymphoid tissue formation following influenza virus infection

Extended abstract

Based upon her outstanding research proposal, she has also been awarded an ESCMID/FEMS Research Fellowship 2010.

Christian G. Giske
Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Sweden

Invasive infections caused by Klebsiella pneumoniae – risk factors, prognosis and clonal complexes

Nishith Gupta
Abteilung für Molekular-Parasitologie, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany

Phosphatidylcholine synthesis as chemotherapeutic target in the obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii

Fabienne Haspot
INSERM, Nantes, France

Knocking-out CMV genome, during transplantation or transfusion, to prevent primary infection by CMV latent and replicating pools

Linda Johansson
Dept. of Medicine Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Relevance of neutrophils and their mediators in severe invasive bacterial infections


Concepcion Maranon Lizana
Molecular Biology, Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina López Neyra, Armilla, Spain

Identification of immune determinants of Trypanosoma cruzi mother-to-child transmission (congenital Chagas disease)

Nuno Mendonca
Center of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Virulence factors associated with antimicrobial resistance determinants among Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp. environmental strains: potential impact on public health

Maria Miragaia
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, Instituto de Tecnologia, Oeiras, Portugal

Search for the missing links in the evolution of the resistance determinant SCCmec

Final report

Christina Öhrmalm
Section of Clinical Virology, Dept. of Medical Science, Uppsala Academic Hospital,

VOCMA – Variationtolerant Capture Multiplex Analysis, a new multiplex method for detecting viruses, bacteria, and fungi

Jan Jelrik Oosterheert
Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, University Medical Centre Utrecht, The Netherlands

Effect of antibiotic treatment for severe community-acquired pneumonia on the development of Clostridium difficile colonization and infection in hospitalized patients

JAC published article

Dezemona Petrelli
Dept. of MCA Biology, School of Drugs and Health Products, University of Camerino, Camerino, Italy

Study on the variability of the mef-msr locus expressing the efflux-mediated macrolide resistance in Streptococcus pyogenes

Final report

Roy Sleator
Department of Biological Sciences, Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Ireland

Novel therapeutics for the control of Clostridium difficile

Project report

Tom Sprong
Medicine and Nijmegen, Dept. of Medicine, Canisius-Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis and Dept. of Medicine, Institute for Infection, Inflammation and Immunity, University Hospital St. Radboud, General Internal Medicine, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Clinical relevance of complement evasion strategies by Staphylococcus aureus

Christoph Steininger
Medizinische Universität Wien, Universitätsklinik für Innere Medizin I, Abteilung Infektion, Vienna, Austria

Reactivity of leukemic cells from patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia with the human cytomegalovirus protein pUL32 may cause emergence of new pUL32 genotypes

Gabriella Terhes

Institute of Clinical Microbiology, Albert Szent-Györgyi Medical and Pharmaceutical Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged

Antimicrobial resistance in clinical isolates of Clostridium difficile focusing on multiresistant strains, characterization and comparison of C. difficile isolated from nursing home and hospitalised patients


Frank van de Veerdonk
Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Vaccine adjuvants: shaping the antigen-induced immune response

Project report