Research & Projects

ESCMID Panorama



    ESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections ESGLI

  • The ESCMID Study Group for Legionella Infections (ESGLI) was founded as European Working Group for Legionella Infections (EWGLI) in 1986. Its members are scientists with an interest in improving knowledge and information on the epidemiological and microbiological (clinical & environmental) aspects of legionnaires' disease. In 2012, the group joined the ESCMID network.

  • ESCMID Study Group for Food/Water infections EFWISG

  • Recognising transmission chains and identifying the source of an outbreak caused by food- and water-borne pathogens is an important step in controlling and preventing further infections. Consequently microbial typing is an important issue also in the work of EFWISG.

  • ESCMID Study Group for Genomic and Molecular Diagnostics ESGMD

  • Diagnostics and typing go hand in hand in modern clinical microbiology. ESGEM has a natural link to ESGMD, especially since modern and molecular diagnostics uses similar techniques like for microbial typing.

  • ESCMID Study Group for Staphylococci and Staphylococal Disease ESGS

  • Efforts were done on the European level in understanding staphylococcal disease and S. aureus populations structure and resistance progression, also with the help and support of EGSG and ESGEM.

  • ESCMID Study Group for Public Health Microbiology ESPHM

  • Typing means to have “data for action” and this leads immediately to the field of Public Health Microbiology. A corresponding ESCMID study group has recently been funded.

  • ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology ESGVM

  • Not only since the advent of “One Health” as a vogue term, the fields of microbial typing, clinical microbiology and veterinary microbiology demonstrate an increasing amount of overlap.

  • Multi Locus Sequence Typing

  • Multi Locus Sequence Typing (MLST) is a nucleotide-sequence based approach for the unambiguous characterization of isolates of bacteria and other organisms via the internet. The aim of MLST is to provide a portable, accurate, and highly discriminating typing system that can be used for most bacteria and some other organisms. It is envisaged that this approach will be particularly helpful for the typing of bacterial pathogens.

  • Center for Genomic Epidemiology

  • The aim of this Danish center is to provide the scientific foundation for internet-based solutions where a central database will enable simplification of total genome sequence comparisons. Several open access pipleines and software tools are provided which could be used as online tools.

  • Enterobase

  • Enterobase is a database for genome-based microbial typing of selected bacterial pathogens.

  • Genome Trakr Network

  • GenomeTrakr is the first distributed network of laboratories to utilize whole genome sequencing for food-borne pathogens’ identification and typing. It was initiated by FDA and consists of public health and university laboratories that collect and share genomic and geographic data.

  • Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance and MicroReact

  • The Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS) is a joint initiative between the Big Data Institute and the Wellcome Genome Campus, and is funded by Wellcome Trust, UK. It contains links to software applications like Epicollect, Pathogenwatch and Microreact.