Research Grant Awardees in 2011

We are pleased to present the 18 recipients of a research grant in 2011 who received up to EUR 20'000 each for their projects.


Alain Bizzini, Lausanne, Switzerland
Dafne Bongiorno, Catania, Italy
Alessandra Bragonzi, Milano, Italy
Matthijs Christian Brouwer, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paola Brun, Padova, Italy
Sergio Filipe, Oeiras, Portugal
Helen Louisa Leavis, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Paolo Miotto, Milan, Italy
Mariana Pinho, Oeiras, Portugal
Andreas Reisner, Graz, Austria
Thamarai Schneiders, Belfast, United Kingdom
Roy Sleator, Cork, Ireland
Pierre Smeesters, Gosselies, Belgium
Eveline Snelders, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Rita Sobral, Oeiras, Portugal
Andrew James Stewardson, Geneva, Switzerland
Ronald van Rij, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Nicolas Veziris, Paris, France

Alain Bizzini
Institute of Microbiology, University Hospital Center Lausanne,Lausanne, Switzerland

Study of the emergence and evolution of antibiotic heteroresistance by microcalorimetry in an experimental model of foreign-body infection

Dafne Bongiorno
Department of Microbiology,University of Catania, Catania, Italy
Non-mutational resistance to linezolid: characterisation of the plasmid-mediated methyltransferase cfr gene

Alessandra Bragonzi
San Raffaele Scientific Institute,
Milano, Italy
Tracking down virulence of Pseudomonas aeruginosa during chronic infection

Matthijs Christian Brouwer
Department of Neurology, Center of Infection and Immunity Amsterdam,
Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The plasminogen system in bacterial meningitis

Paola Brun
Department of Histology, Microbiology and Medical Biotechnologies, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
Molecular mechanisms of neurotropic virus-mediated neuropathies in the gut

Sergio Filipe
Academic and Projects Office, Instituto de Tecnologia
Quimica e Biologica, Oeiras, Portugal
Identification of bacterial cell wall components that interfere
with peptidoglycan recognition by the host

Helen Louisa Leavis
Medical Microbiology, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Pathogenesis of Enterococcus faecium biofilm formation

Paolo Miotto
Emerging Bacterial Pathogens Unit, Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases, Fondazione Centro San Raffaele del Monte Tabor, Milan, Italy
The role of small RNAs in the stress response of Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Mariana Pinho
Academic and Projects Office, Instituto de Tecnologia
Quimica e Biologica, Oeiras, Portugal
Study of the realtime response of individual Staphylococcus aureus cells to the presence of cell wall active antibiotics

Based upon her outstanding research proposal, she has been awarded an ESCMID/FEMS Research Fellowship 2011.

Andreas Reisner
Biomedical Science, University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria
Prevalence and spread of bacterial silver resistance

Thamarai Schneiders
Centre for Infection and Immunity,
Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
The frontline defense: sRNA-mediated mechanisms in antibiotic resistance

Roy Sleator
Biological Sciences, Cork Institute of Technology,
Cork, Ireland
Development of a novel immunoprophylaxis strategy for controlling Campylobacter jejuni

Pierre Smeesters
Bacterial Genetics and Physiology Laboratory, Free University of Brussels, Gosselies, Belgium
Host-pathogen interactions in a highly necrotising group A Streptococcus isolate

Eveline Snelders
Medical Microbiology, Radboud University Nijmegen
Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
The tandem repeat as a resistance mechanism in human and plant pathogenic fungi

Rita Sobral
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica,
Oeiras, Portugal
The association of extracellular DNA to the Staphylococcus aureus surface: roles and mechanisms

Andrew James Stewardson
Infection Control Program, University of Geneva Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland
The household microbiome: a prospective observational
study investigating household clustering of oral and intestinal microbiota and the impact of oral antibiotic exposure

Ronald van Rij
Medical Microbiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
A high-throughput screen to identify small molecule inhibitors of Dengue virus

Nicolas Veziris
Laboratoire de bactériologie, UPMC, Paris, France
In vivo evaluation of the benefit of adding moxifloxacin to drug regimens used against extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis