Anaerobes in Health and Disease; How to Isolate, Identify and Look for Resistance in a Cost-Effective Way, ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop

3 - 8 June 2012, Szeged, Hungary

  • ESCMID Study Group for Anaerobe Infections (ESGAI)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Clostridium difficile (ESGCD)
Course Coordinators
  • John Degener, Groningen, NL
  • Elisabeth Nagy, Szeged, HU
Course Material


Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.


Monday, 4 June 2012

  • Introduction; the role of anaerobes in infections. John Degener
  • Role of anaerobes in health (anaerobes in the normal flora). Gjalt Welling
  • What do we need to be successful in isolation and maintenance of anaerobic bacteria. Mike Cox
  • Taxonomic changes in anaerobes: general outlines and focus on Gram-negatives. Eija Könönen
  • Clinically relevant Gram-positive anaerobic cocci (GPAC), new names and their antibiotic susceptibility. Linda Veloo

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

  • Oral infections involving anaerobes and their consequences from the adverse outcome of pregnancy to brain abscess. Riina Richardson
  • Upper and lower respiratory tract infections involving anaerobes. Elisabeth Nagy
  • Intra-abdominal infections, anaerobic bacteraemia; do we have new data? Maria Hedberg
  • Female genital tract infections  involving anaerobes and their possible consequences. Edit Urbán

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

  • Anaerobic skin infections and the problems with the infections of the diabetic foot. Edit Urbán
  • What is new in C. difficile infections; in epidemiology, diagnostics and therapy? Gabriella Terhes
  • Classical and rare presentations of actinomycosis. Why anaerobe labs are dealing with the diagnostics? John Degener
  • Value of molecular genetic methods in diagnostics of anaerobes (species determination, typing, detection of un-culturable bacteria in mixed communities). Georg Conrads

Thursday, 7 June 2012

  • MALDI-TOF MS, a new method to identify and type anaerobes; advantages and pitfalls. Elisabeth Nagy
  • Effects of antibiotics on the normal bacterial flora. The value of new antibiotics in treatment of anaerobic infections. Carl Erik Nord
  • Antibiotic resistance determination in anaerobic bacteria: agar-dilution for surveillances, E-test or disc diffusion for the routine testing? Ulrik Justesen
  • Antibiotic resistance trends in anaerobic bacteria. József Sóki
Course Objectives

The aim of this course is to give an overview of the importance of anaerobic bacteria in human diseases and to teach techniques which may help to isolate and identify these slow growing bacteria. Using modern techniques, such as molecular genetic methods and MALDI-TOF MS, help to speed up these processes. The detection and the genetic background of emerging resistances in anaerobic bacteria will also be discussed. An extensive practical part will give participants the opportunity to work with many different, clinically relevant anaerobic bacterial isolates.

Course Venue

Institute of Clinical Microbiology
University of Szeged
Semmelweis street 6
6725 Szeged, Hungary

Target Audience

Up to 20 clinical microbiologist in training or already working with anaerobes, interested in theoretical and technical aspects of anaerobic infections and their diagnostics.

Contact Persons

Prof Elisabeth Nagy

Prof John Degener

Administrative Secretariat

Katalin Fogas
C&T Hungary kft
Dugonics tér 12
6720 Szeged, Hungary
Phone +36 62 548485
Fax: +36 62 548485

Course Faculty
  • Georg Conrads, Aachen, DE
  • Mike Cox, Morgan Hill, CA, USA
  • John Degener, Groningen, NL
  • Maria Hedberg, Umea, SE
  • Ulrik Justesen, Odense, DK
  • Eija Könönen, Turku, FI
  • Elisabeth Nagy, Szeged, HU
  • Carl Erik Nord, Stockholm, SE
  • Riina Richardson, Manchester, UK
  • József Sóki, Szeged, HU
  • Gabriella Terhes, Szeged, HU
  • Edit Urbán, Szeged, HU
  • Linda Veloo, Groningen, NL
  • Gjalt Welling, Groningen, NL