Preparedness for Emerging Infectious Threats: Avoiding Outbreaks in Europe, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

19 - 21 March 2012, Marseille, France

  • Infectiopôle Sud scientific foundation, Marseille, France
  • EuroTravNet coordonnating center, ECDC, Marseille, France
  • Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive L. Spallanzani, Roma, Italy
Course Objectives

This course will focus on the most up-to-date knowledge on surveillance, healthcare and diagnostics of infections caused by emerging and highly pathogenic microorganisms. The European experts of the Faculty will help prepare the participants for emerging infectious threats.


Course Venue

Espace Éthique Méditerranéen
Hôpital d’adultes de la Timone
264 rue Saint Pierre
13385 Marseille Cedex 5

Phone +33 4 91 38 44 26/27
Fax +33 4 91 38 44 28


Target Audience

20 to 40 trainees or specialists in internal medicine, epidemiology, microbiology, intensive care, infectious diseases, tropical disease, infection control, public health and health care management

Administrative Secretariat

Philippe BROUQUI
Faculté de médecine
Bd J. Moulin
13385 Marseille cedex 5

Phone + 33 491 32 43 75
Fax + 33 491 38 77 72

Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Monday, 19 March 2012

  • How will the 21st century outbreak look? D. Raoult
  • Highly pathogenic agents and the threat they pose. P. Brouqui
  • Networking approach in the face of highly infectious disease. G. Ippolito
  • Point of care diagnostics of emerging infectious agents. P. E. Fournier
  • ENVID – a network for diagnostics of emerging viral pathogens. M. Niedrig
  • EuroTravNet – the ECDC collaborative network for travel and tropical medicine. P. Parola
  • European network of biosafety level 4 laboratories. C. Nisii
  • Mass-gatherings and outbreaks: preventive measures for pilgrims to Mecca. P. Gautret

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

  • Bio-containment unit for highly infectious disease patients, the EUNID experience. B. Banister
  • Laboratory accidents as source of outbreaks: impact on lab worker surveillance. D. Vidal
  • XDR and MDR tuberculosis. G. B. Migliori
  • Vector-borne disease outbreaks: Chikungunya and Dengue as new threat for Europe. D. Fontenille
  • Outbreaks with intentionally released infectious agents: Bioterrorism. B. La Scola
  • Influenza outbreaks – lesson from the past. B. Lina
  • How SARS changed our minds and hospital practice. Y. Yazdanpanah
  • Modelling of outbreaks – can we predict the future? A. Flahaut

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

  • Management of highly pathogenic infectious diseases in Europe – a EUNID recommendation. P. Brouqui
  • Intensive care of highly contagious patients – past experience. R. Gottschalk
  • Transportation of highly contagious patients in Europe. J. Raffelsberger
  • A European organisation to care for highly infectious disease patients – a EuroNHID report. F. Fusco
  • Lessons learned from training for HID emergencies in Europe (ETIDE). V. Puro
  • Surveillance at ECDC. D. Coulombier
  • What is epidemic intelligence? F. Santos-O’Connor
  • WHO’s role in surveillance and support. G. Poumerol
Course Faculty
  • Barbara Banister, London, UK
  • Philippe Brouqui, Marseille, FR
  • Denis Coulombier, Stockholm, SE
  • Antoine Flahaut, Rennes, FR
  • Didier Fontenille, Montpellier, FR
  • Pierre-Edouard Fournier, Marseille, FR
  • Francesco Fusco, Rome, IT
  • Philippe Gautret, Marseille, FR
  • René Gottschalk, Frankfurt, DE
  • Giuseppe Ippolito, Rome, IT
  • Bernard La Scola, Marseille, FR
  • Bruno Lina, Lyon, FR
  • Giovanni Battista Migliori, Tradate, IT
  • Matthias Niedrig, Berlin, DE
  • Carla Nisii, Rome, IT
  • Philippe Parola, Marseille, FR
  • Gilles Poumerol, Geneva, CH
  • Vincenzo Puro, Rome, IT
  • Jens Raffelsberger, Linköping, SE
  • Didier Raoult, Marseille, FR
  • Francisco Santos-O’Connor, Stockholm, SE
  • Dominique Vidal, Grenoble, FR
  • Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Paris, FR