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Awardees 2017

The 2017 awards went to Céline Pulcini, David Eyre and Mario Fernandez Ruiz for their outstanding scientific achievements.

 

Céline PULCINI, Nancy, France

Antimicrobial stewardship: think globally and interdisciplinarily

Céline is a full professor in infectious diseases in Nancy, France, who has shown a very strong interest in antimicrobial stewardship, both at national and international level. She is secretary of ESGAP (the ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies), and she coordinates the Antimicrobial Stewardship working group of the French infectious diseases society (SPILF). The French Ministry of Health, the ECDC and the WHO have all utilized her expertise.

Céline has been researching antimicrobial stewardship and vaccination practices for more than ten years, and she is leading an interdisciplinary research team on these topics. She is author/co-author in more than 130 international publications and became associate editor for Clinical Microbiology and Infection (CMI) in 2016.

Céline will receive her award during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session at ECCMID on 25 April 2017 from 11.30 – 12.30 in Hall K. During the session, she will give her presentation: ‘Antimicrobial stewardship: think globally and interdisciplinarily’.

David EYRE, Oxford, United Kingdom

Tracking the source of Clostridium difficile infection

David studied medicine in Cambridge, then Oxford, where he is currently near completing his specialist training in infectious diseases and microbiology. David obtained his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2013, funded by an NIHR fellowship. During this, he demonstrated, using whole-genome sequencing, that most Clostridium difficile infections do not arise from other cases in endemic settings. He is currently a NIHR clinical lecturer within the Modernising Medical Microbiology group in Oxford. His previous awards include an IDSA International Young Investigator Award, and the British Infection Association Barnett Christie prize for excellence in original research. His publications have been cited over 1,700 times.

David’s research is focused on identifying sources and risk factors for transmission of healthcare-associated infections, including C. difficile and carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae. His work combines patient and environmental contact data with whole-genome sequencing, aiming to identify rational interventions to reduce spread of healthcare-associated infections.

David will receive his award during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session at ECCMID on 25 April 2017 from 11.30 – 12.30 in Hall K. During the session, he will give his presentation: ‘Tracking the source of Clostridium difficile infection’.

Mario FERNANDEZ RUIZ, Madrid, Spain

Predicting post-transplant infection: to boldly go where no graft has gone before

Mario Fernández Ruiz received his MD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2004 and completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 2010. He did a two-year fellowship in “Infectious Diseases in the Immunocompromised Host” under the direction of Professor José María Aguado. He also underwent a five-month Clinical Observership at the Multi-Organ Transplant Program, Toronto General Hospital, under the supervision of Dr. Atul Humar. He is currently supported by a research grant “Juan Rodés” from the Spanish Clinical Research Council (Instituto de Salud Carlos III) and develops his research and clinical activities at the Unit of Infectious Diseases of the University Hospital “12 de Octubre”, in Madrid.

Mario’s main research lines include the clinical and therapeutic aspects of invasive fungal disease (particularly candidaemia), as well as the development and validation of immune monitoring strategies aimed at predicting the occurrence of infectious complications in solid organ transplant recipients. In 2014 he was awarded with the “Young Internist of the Year” award from the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine.

Mario will receive his award during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session at ECCMID on 25 April 2017 from 11.30 – 12.30 in Hall K. During the session, he will give his presentation: ‘Predicting post-transplant infection: to boldly go where no graft has gone before’.

Last update: 14 March 2017