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ESCMID Study Group for Bloodstream Infections, Endocarditis and Sepsis - ESGBIES

News & Activities

Here is the new ESGBIES Executive Committee:

  • Winfried V. Kern, Germany (Chairperson)
  • Pilar Retamar Gentil, Spain (Secretary)
  • W. Joost Wiersinga, Netherlands (Treasurer)
  • Yehuda Carmeli, Israel (Elected Board Member)
  • Maddalena Giannella, Italy (Elected Board Member)
  • Bruno Hoen, Guadeloupe (Ad-hoc Board Member, Endocarditis)

We welcome Maddalena and are looking forward to continuing this work in the new positions. Bruno Hoen from France/Guadeloupe was recently appointed ad-hoc member and will bring in ideas for research in the area of endocarditis and other cardiovascular infections.

International Staphylococcus aureus Collaboration (ISAC)

The International Staphylococcus aureus Collaboration (ISAC) has joined forces with ESGBIES to study S. aureus bloodstream infection. The international consortium currently conducts a large, multinational, observational study on S. aureus bloodstream infection.

ISAC has formed to conduct observational and controlled trials with a focus on S. aureus infection. Furthermore, the group wants to provide a framework for training future clinical scientists and increase opportunities for biomedical and outcomes research into Staphylococcus aureus infection.


In mBio, scientists from bioMérieux, Inc. describe a new method that could cut hours off the time it takes to diagnose blood infections while also eliminating the need for complicated manual processing and expensive equipment.

The lysis centrifugation-intrinsic fluorescence (LC-IF) method combines lysis of blood cells, centrifugation of bacteria or fungi in the sample, and fluorescence measurement to analyse the particular fingerprint of any pathogens present in the sample. The scientists report the method to correctly identify the species of bacteria or fungi in 96.5 % of positive blood culture samples.

New ESCMID Study Group

ESGBIES is a newly formed ESCMID Study Group, which has started its activities in the field of bloodstream infections and sepsis. The constitutional meeting will be held at ECCMID 2013 in Berlin, DE, Sunday, 28 April, 15.30 - 16.30 (Salon 13/14).

Objectives of ESGBIES


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