Improving Patient Safety: the Neglected Impact of Age and Gender, ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop

2 - 4 September 2015, Barcelona, Spain

  • ESCMID Parity Commission
  • ESCMID Study Group for Clinical Parasitology (ESGCP)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Infections in the Elderly (ESGIE)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Travellers and Migrants (ESGITM)
  • Hospital Clinic, Barcelona
  • ISGlobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health)
  • University of Barcelona
Course Coordinator

Miriam J. Alvarez-Martinez, Barcelona, Spain

Course Objectives

The aim of the course is to explore and discuss with the participants the importance of gender and age in infectious diseases. Theoretical background will be presented and then an overview of gender and biological differences
in the field of treatment and diagnosis of infectious diseases, microbiology and immunology will be presented. Selected topics including infections, vaccination and antimicrobial treatment will be elucidated and discussed in depth. The later afternoons and the following social programme will be a dedicated workshop to
support the participants’ scientific work creating the emergence of a novel synthesis of known facts, ideas and sound methodology.

Course Venue

Centro de Investigaciones Biomédicas
Esther Koplowitz (CEK)
Rosselló, 149–153
08036 Barcelona

Target Audience

35–40 graduate and postgraduate students, infectious diseases specialists, clinical microbiologists and other specialties interested in the association and impact of gender and/or sex differences on the epidemiology of clinical symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and social impact of infections. All students and participants are requested to bring research projects, project drafts, cases and all other studies on the impact of gender and/or sex on infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. The size of the audience has to be limited because of the intention to incent future projects and developments in the field of gender
aspects in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. The expected synthesis between the input of the faculty and the students’ contribution to develop new projects or to discuss data and findings has to be based on a particularly interactive communication process in a smaller group.

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Miriam J. Alvarez-Martinez
Microbiology Department
Hospital Clinic
Villarroel, 170
08036 Barcelona

Phone +34 932 275 522
Fax +34 932 279 372

Administrative Secretariat

Ruth Arjona
Microbiology Department
Hospital Clinic
Villarroel, 170
08036 Barcelona

Phone +34 932 275 522
Fax +34 932 279 372

Course Programme


Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

15:00 Welcome
Session 1: Infections–do gender and age play a role?
15:30 Introduction
16:00 Health care distribution according to gender–examples from the Swedish
            health care system
16:30 Immune response and gender
17:00 Break
17:30 Travel-related infections in the elderly: prevention and management
18:00 Hepatitis: limitations of treatment in women and elderly

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Session 2: Immunology–do gender and age play a role?
09:00 Theory of gender medicine
10:00 Gender and age inequity in public health strategies of HPV vaccination in Europe
10:30 HIV in men, women and elderly
11:00 Break

Session 3: Workshop 1

11:15 Interactive session: practical examples of gender & age aspects of                           clinical trials
13:00 Lunch
Session 4: Parasitic & nosocomial infections –effects of sex
14:00 Malaria
14:30 Chagas disease
15:00 Intestinal parasites
15:30 Nosocomial infections and gender
16:00 Break
Session 5: Gender and antimicrobial prescription
16:30 The complex relation between antibiotic prescription and resistance
17:00 Opportunities for antibiotic control in the elderly to prevent resistance                      development
17:30 Antibiotic prescription in the community: does gender make a difference?
18:00 Antibiotic prescription in nursing homes

Friday, 4 September 2015

Session 6: Urogenital tract infection and antimicrobial therapy
09:00 Treatment of UTI according to age and gender
09:30 Prevention of UTI according to age and gender
Session 7: Bloodstream infections and antimicrobial therapy
10:00 MRSA infections and impact of gender
10:30 Long term indicators for bloodstream infections: importance of age
11:00 Break
Session 8: Workshop 2
11:30 Cases (focused on infections in the elderly) selected among those sent                 by the students for presentation and discussion
13:00 Conclusions and anticipatory remarks

Invited Faculty Members
  • Miriam J. Alvarez-Martinez, Barcelona, Spain
  • Juan Ambrosioni, Barcelona, Spain
  • Azucena Bardají, Barcelona, Spain
  • Adriana Cataldo, Rome, Italy
  • Antonella Cingolani, Rome, Italy
  • Birgitta Evengard, Umea, Sweden
  • Hilary Humphreys, Dublin, Ireland
  • Titia Kortbeek, Bilthoven, Netherlands
  • José Muñoz, Barcelona, Spain
  • Mario Poljak, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Elisabeth Presterl, Vienna, Austria
  • Jesús Rodríguez Baño, Seville, Spain
  • Karin Schenck-Gustafsson, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Sara Soto, Barcelona, Spain
  • Evelina Tacconelli, Tübingen, Germany
  • Maria Velasco, Madrid, Spain
  • Jordi Vila, Barcelona, Spain