Innovation in Severe Acute Respiratory Infections (SARI), ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

13 - 14 January 2012, Sitges, Spain


ESCMID Study Group for Critically Ill Patients (ESGCIP)

Course Objectives

The course gives an overview over severe acute respiratory infections with a focus on emerging and re-emerging viral and microbial infections. One session is dedicated to influenza, given the fact that the course will be held during the anticipated onset of the new season of influenza. We will discuss important therapeutic and public health issues.


Course Venue

Estela Hotel
Avda. Port d'Aiguadolç, 8
08870 Sitges, Spain


Target Audience

Up to 60 trainees and specialists in Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, Critical Care, Pulmonology or Paediatrics and other related fields

Contact Person

Prof Jordi Rello
Vall d'Hebron University Hospital
Ps. Vall d'Hebron, 119-129
08035, Barcelona

Phone: +34 93 2746209 
Fax: +34 93 2746062

Administrative Secretariat


Maria Cubi, 4 - Pral.
08006 Barcelona

Phone +34 932 388 777
Fax +34 932 387 488

Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Friday, 13 January 2012

08.30 Welcome and opening remarks

Session 1: The critically ill patient with respiratory infection: beyond pneumococci
Chair: J. Garau, Barcelona, ES

08.45 Seasonal and pandemic flu in children: outcomes and prevention according to risk category. C. Launes, Barcelona, ES
09.15 Host-pathogen interactions. K. Baillie, Edinburgh, UK
09.45 Co-infection in SARI: CAPNETZ experience. T. Welte, Hannover, DE
10.15 Interactive case 1: The paediatric patient. J. Balcells, Barcelona, ES
10.45 Discussion

11.15 Coffee break

Session 2: SARI after 2009 influenza pandemic
Chair: J. Rello, Barcelona, ES

11.45 ECMO Save lifes! J. Paiva, Porto, PT
12.15 Emerging viral respiratory infections in adults. R. Read, Sheffield, UK
12.45 Networking: a response to emerging pathogens. G. Thomson, London, UK
13.15 Novel oxygenation strategies for SARI. J.R. Masclans, Barcelona, ES

13.30 Lunch

Session 3: Back to the future
Chair: A. Pahissa, Barcelona, ES

14.30 Changing epidemiology of pneumococcal disease in the era of conjugate vaccines. C. Muñoz-Almagro, Barcelona, ES
15.00 Top ten publications in SARI: where do we stand in 2012? M. Akova, Ankara, TR
15.30 RCT and adjunctive therapies in SARI – Key interpandemic questions. K. Baillie, Edinburgh, UK
16.00 Immunotherapy for respiratory infections: where we will stand in 2022. E.J. Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Athens, GR

16.30 Coffee break

17.00 SARI: emerging threats. M. Akova, Ankara, TR
17.30 Interactive case 2. G. Poulakou, Athens, GR

Saturday, 14 January 2011

Session 4: Challenges in diagnosis and treatment
Chair: J. Vila, Barcelona, ES

08.30 Innovation in diagnosis of respiratory infections. J. Rello, Barcelona, ES
09.00 Novel strategies for treatment of SARI: combination of antivirals, higher dosages, adjunctive therapy or new agents? T. Welte, Hannover, DE
09.30 Do we need newer antibiotics for CAP? H. Giamarellou, Athens, GR
10.00 Discussion

10.15 Coffee break

Session 5: Respiratory infections in specific populations
Chair: V. Falco, Barcelona, ES

10.45 Specific considerations of SARI in the elderly. S. Blot, Ghent, BE
11.15 The HIV-positive patient with community acquired pneumonia. G. Poulakou, GR
11.30 Respiratory failure in solid organ transplant patients: rejection or infection. J.R. Masclans, Barcelona, ES
11.40 Interactive Case 3. M. Bassetti, Udine, IT

12.10 Lunch

Session 6: Appropriateness is critical – beyond susceptibility
Chair: M. Bassetti, Udine, IT

13.00 Definition of appropriate antimicrobial treatment and clinical applications. S. Blot, Ghent, BE
13.25 PK/PD considerations: the cornerstone of appropriateness. M. Bassetti, Udine, IT
13.50 Length of treatment: the double edge of appropriateness. A. Paiva, Porto, PT
14.15 How I use biomarkers to guide appropriate treatment in respiratory infections. E.J. Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Athens, GR
14.40 Discussion

Course Faculty
  • M. Akova, Ankara, Turkey
  • K. Baillie, Edinburgh, UK
  • J. Balcells, Barcelona, Spain
  • M. Bassetti, Udine, Italy
  • S. Blot, Ghent, Belgium
  • V. Falco, Barcelona, Spain
  • J. Garau, Barcelona, Spain
  • E.J. Giamarellos-Bourboulis, Athens, Greece
  • H. Giamarellou, Athens, Greece
  • C. Launes, Barcelona, Spain
  • J.R. Masclans, Barcelona, Spain
  • C. Muñoz-Almagro, Barcelona, Spain
  • A. Pahissa, Barcelona, Spain
  • A. Paiva, Porto, Portugal
  • G. Poulakou, Athens, Greece
  • R. Read, Sheffield, UK
  • J. Rello, Barcelona, Spain
  • G. Thomson, London, UK
  • J. Vila, Barcelona, Spain
  • T. Welte, Hannover, Germany