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6 January 2012


Dear Colleague,
As the second year of EPASG’s activities continues, we are fortunate to be able to build on the solid foundations laid during our formative year of 2010. Of special note, many of the founding members, along with other active Study Group members organized and submitted the call proposal resulting in the FP7 funded Project AIDA. Furthermore in September the journal Current Opinion in Pharmacology published a special issue focusing on anti-infectives that was organised and edited by U. Theuretzbacher and J. Mouton. As an outlook to 2012 we are able to present you three EPASG educational activities and hope to be able to welcome many of you in London, Madrid or Athens.

 

Projects

FP7 Project AIDA

Many of the founding members, along with other active Study Group members organised and submitted a call proposal resulting in the FP7 funded Project AIDA: “Preserving old antibiotics for the future: assessment of clinical efficacy by a pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic approach to optimize effectiveness and reduce resistance for off-patent antibiotics”. As project coordinator, J. Mouton recently completed negotiations with the EU, the project formally started on December 1st, 2011. The kick-off meeting takes place on February 2nd at Schiphol, NL. As Project AIDA progresses, we will post background information and project results to our future project website.

Project website

AIDA at FP7 website

 

Publications

Special issue of Current Opinion in Pharmacology about anti-infectives published

In September the journal Current Opinion in Pharmacology published a special issue focusing on anti-infectives that was organised and edited by U. Theuretzbacher and J. Mouton. With the overall theme “Resistance shapes how we develop and use anti-infectives”, members of EPASG and other renowned authors contributed a broad variety of topics ranging from antibacterial drug development, dosing and resistance of antibiotics, and usage of antibiotics to resistance issues in TB drugs and antifungals.

Current Opinion in Pharmacology

 

EPASG Education Activities

Educational Workshop at ECCMID in London

EPASG organises an Educational Workshop at ECCMID in London, 31 March - 3 April 2012, with the title "Optimizing treatment based on a pharmacodynamic approach: an interactive workshop using clinical cases". Topics range from optimized dosing strategies for the main antibacterial classes to dosing in special patient populations and combination therapy.

It will take place on Saturday, 31 March 2012, in the morning.

Postgraduate Technical Workshop in Madrid - register now!

EPASG coorganises the ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop “2nd Workshop "Antimicrobial susceptibility testing and surveillance: from laboratory to clinic. A EUCAST, ESGARS and EPASG perspective” in Madrid, Spain, 25 - 28 September 2012 . For detailed information and registration please visit the course website.

Course website

Postgraduate Technical Workshop: A Statistical Approach to PK/PD Analysis in Practice - Save the date!

EPASG organises the Postgraduate Technical Workshop "A statistical approach to PK-PD analysis in practice" in Athens, Greece, 8 - 11 October 2012. Detailed information will be available on the course website. We hope to meet you there!

Course website

EPASG’s ambitious plans for 2012 and beyond aim at integrating specialists in the infectious disease space across all of Europe with a special focus on dosing in critically ill patients. In this regard, we have begun discussing the creation of an online PTA (probability of target attainment) calculator. Any comments and willingness to participate are welcome.

To stay informed about our ongoing activities and the PK/PD field log in or register at the ESCMID website, go to “My profile” and tick the box for EPASG (second page of profile).

 

To request more in-depth information, to discuss our work or if you are interested in participating actively, please contact us directly

 

We appreciate any comments, suggestions, and contributions!

With our best wishes for a healthy and happy 2012!

The EPASG Executive Committee


Ursula Theuretzbacher (Chairperson)
Johan Mouton (Secretary)
Françoise Van Bambeke (Treasurer)

 
 
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