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ESCMID Study Group for Forensic and Postmortem Microbiology – ESGFOR

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10-12 Oct-2019, Zagreb (Croatia). Venue: Palace Hotel Zagreb.

This post-graduate education course is composed of crosscutting modules on the diagnosis challenges of life-threatening infections. The sessions will focus on the clinical, molecular and forensic diagnosis of these severe infections caused by classical and emerging pathogens. The objectives are to provide an update on the clinical signs and the pathophysiological mechanisms observed, and to assess the range of diagnostic assays available. A practical approach will be reached with clinical and forensic cases discussion and with visual material. Participants will acquire keys for the early diagnosis of life-threatening infections, understand the importance of the interaction between the microbiological and the pathological results and learn pathological and microbiological findings that should ring a bell in a sudden death case.

Target audience:Clinical microbiologists, clinicians, infectious disease physicians, internal medicine doctors, molecular biologists, pathologists, forensic physicians, students and trainees interested in the clinical, molecular and forensic diagnosis of life threatening infections.

Young ESCMID scientists: Grants available!

Sponsorship queries can be submitted here.


The audience at the AMCLI-ESGFOR session about forensic microbiology.

On November 13th, a joint session of AMCLI (Italian Association of Clinical Microbiologists) and ESGFOR-ESCMID was held in Rimini, Italy. ESGFOR Chairperson Amparo Fernandez-Rodriguez introduced the forensic microbiology session explaining the focus of the working group.

Particularities of forensic microbiology were discussed: collection of biological samples from deceased persons; data analysis/interpretation and its use in identifying a pathogen in case of unknown cause of death or estimate an antibiotic treatment’s effectiveness given before a patient’s death.

The microbiology of gender-based violence, affecting 35% of women worldwide and cases of endo-uterine infections as well as prematurity and infections linked to long stays in Neonatal Intensive Care Therapy was discussed.


In the words of Prof. Claudio Farina and Prof. Giuseppe Miragliotta, moderators of the session: the transversality of forensic microbiology and its growing interest in Italy were highlighted by the different speakers: Elvira Ventura Spagnolo (Forensic Medicine Department, University of Palermo, Italy), Roberta Creti (Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy),  Francesco D’Aleo (Grande Ospedale Metropolitano, Reggio Calabria, Italy) and Claudio Bandi (coordinator of the Genomic Epidemiology Platform at the Milan University).


ESGFOR-supported course on The Plague

From left to right: Prof . Dr. Javier Garaizar (UPV/EHU) organiser of the course, Dr. Amparo Fernandez-Rodriguez (ESGFOR-ESCMID), Dr. Anne Stone (ASU), and Dr. Alexander Herbig (Max Planck-Jena) at the plague exhibition, which was held at the Vitoria-Gasteiz university library along the course.


Few infections had as much importance as The Plague. The interest in this disease has been growing among specialists in history of medicine, infectious diseases, molecular microbiologists, geneticists and forensic scientists, who are now able to analyze the genome of extinct strains involved in ancient pandemics and to compare them with current strains.

On October 10th and 11th 2018, an international course about The Plague was held in the University of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, with the collaboration of ESGFOR. In interactive sessions specialists discussed about the historical context, results from analysis of ancient DNA from human bone remains and the high performance sequencing of complete genomes.


Coming Soon

Ongoing research: ESGFOR collaborative project (2018-2020)

Targeted 16S-23S rDNA Next Generation Sequencing: is it a complementary technique in identifying an infectious cause of death?

12 April 2018

ESGFOR @ ECCMID 2018 in Madrid, Spain

Transmission of pathogens and molecular phylogenetics: a forensic perspective.
21st April 2018

Bioterrorism preparedness: molecular update.
22nd April 2018

Co-organisation of the round table “Microbiologia Forense”

In partnership with the AMCLI (Associazione Microbiologi Clinici Italiani),
13 November 2018.

Co-organisation of the course «The plague: a multidisciplinary»

In partnership with the Basque Country University & Fundación Sancho el Sabio.
10-11 October 2018, Vitoria, Spain.

Participation in the Jornada Científica SEPAF

14 May 2018, Madrid, Spain

Presentation of the ESGFOR at the APST meeting

(Animal, Plants and Soil Traces) of the ENFSI (European Network of Forensic Sciences Institutes)
10-13 April 2018, Pontoise, France.

05 April 2017

ESGFOR @ ECCMID 2017 in Vienna, Austria

Clinician, microbiologist and pathologist ‐ joining efforts in diagnosis. 
Co-organized by ESGFOR, ESGCIP and the European Society of Pathology (ESP).

ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

Regional capacity-building for integration of next generation sequencing in the Clinical Microlab.
29-31 October 2017, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Forensic and Post mortem microbiology in the 21st century

ESGFOR symposium at National Congress of the Societé Française de Microbiologie (SFM)
9-11 October 2017, Paris, France.

Microbiology and pathology: Joint efforts in the investigation of unexpected deaths.

Joint course at the European Congress of Pathology
5 September 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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