Anaerobic Bacteria: Next Generation Technology Meets Anaerobic Diagnostics, ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop

26 - 28 September 2016, Groningen, Netherlands

  • ESCMID Study Group for Anaerobic Infections (ESGAI)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Epidemiological Markers (ESGEM)
  • University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)
  • University of Szeged
Course Coordinators
  • Hermie Harmsen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Elisabeth Nagy, Szeged, Hungary
  • Arie Jan van Winkelhoff, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Linda Veloo, Groningen, Netherlands
Course Objectives

Learn how to deal with anaerobes:

  • diagnostics
  • sampling and culturing
  • molecular detection
  • antibiotic resistance
  • pathogenesis
Course Venue

University Medical Center Groningen
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen

Target Audience

20 – 25 clinical microbiologists, infectious diseases specialists and technicians interested in anaerobes.

CME Accreditation

The organizers of the course will apply for European CME accreditation through EACCME.

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Linda Veloo
University Medical Center Groningen
Department of Medical Microbiology
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groningen

Phone +31 503 613 480
Fax +31 503 619 105

Administrative Secretariat

Henna Holband
University Medical Center Groningen
Department of Medical Microbiology
Hanzeplein 1
9713 GZ Groiningen

Phone +31 503 619 650
Fax +31 503 619 105

Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.


Monday, 26 September 2016

Morning session: Introduction
09:00 Opening of the course. Alex Friedrich
09:15 The normal anaerobic human microbiome. Hermie Harmsen
09:45 The clinical relevance of anaerobic bacteria. Elisabeth Nagy
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 How to isolate and maintain anaerobic bacteria. Linda Veloo
11:15 The driving force behind radical taxonomic changes in the Bacteroidaceae. Haroun Shah
12:00 Lunch

Afternoon session: Identification

13:00 The phenotypic identification of anaerobic bacteria. Diane Citron
14:00 Practicals
16:00 End of day

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Morning session: Specific groups
09:00 The role of oral pathogens in non-oral infections. Arie Jan van Winkelhoff
09:30 Gram-positive anaerobic cocci: clinical relevance, taxonomy, identification and antibiotic resistance. Linda Veloo
10:00 Actinomyces in human infections. To be confirmed
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Clostridium difficile infections: epidemiology, diagnostics and therapy. Edit Urban
11:15 Intra-abdominal infections. Alewijn Ott
11:45 Female genital tract infections: role of anaerobes. Elisabeth Nagy
12:15 Lunch break

Afternoon session: Molecular techniques
13:00 Molecular genetic methods in diagnostics of anaerobes. Georg Conrads
13:30 Whole genome sequencing and molecular typing in anaerobes. John Rossen
14:00 MALDI-TOF MS for the identification of anaerobic bacteria. Linda Veloo
14:30 Coffee break
14:45 Bio-informatics (workshop)
17:00 End of day

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Morning session: Antibiotics
09:00 Antibiotic therapy and the development of resistance in anaerobic infections. Rik Winter
09:45 The influence of the gut microbiota on our health. Hermie Harmsen
10:15 Antibiotic susceptibility testing: which method to choose? Diane Citron
11:00 Coffee break
11:15 Emerging resistance among anaerobes. To be confirmed
12:00 Lunch break

Afternoon session:

13:00 Poster presentations by the participants and drinks
15:00 End of day

Faculty Members
  • Diane Citron, Culver City, CA, United States
  • Georg Conrads, Aachen, Germany
  • Alex Friedrich, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Hermie Harmsen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Elisabeth Nagy, Szeged, Hungary
  • Alewijn Ott, Groningen, Netherlands
  • John Rossen, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Haroun Shah, London, United Kingdom
  • Edit Urban, Szeged, Hungary
  • Linda Veloo, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Arie Jan van Winkelhoff, Groningen, Netherlands
  • Rik Winter, Groningen, Netherlands