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Appeal to the Swiss Federal Council for an innovative financing model for the research on new antimicrobials
26 November 2017 | News

On 9 November 2017, the Round Table on Antibiotics launched an appeal to the Federal Council to establish a dialogue in Switzerland between all partners involved in antibiotic research (academic research, economics, small and medium-sized enterprises, pharmaceutical industry, etc.). This dialogue should aim at defining, developing and implementing an innovative financing model for the research, development and marketing of new antibiotics that are financially accessible to all.

The text of the call of November 9, 2017 can be seen under "Publications"



The World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held on 13-19 November 2017. Switzerland will participate.
8 November 2017 | News

With the purpose of raising awareness of antibiotic resistance and improving the prudent use of antimicrobials, WHO (World Health Organisation) is organising a World Antibiotic Awareness Week since 2015. This year the event will be held from November 13 to 19. For the first time, Switzerland will actively participate to this week. Indeed, the crisis of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is such that an increasing number of infections is becoming difficult to treat, or even impossible. WHO is deeply concerned with this issue and is stimulating its state members to organise campaigns at the national level. Switzerland has already reacted to the antibiotic resistance issue by promoting a National Research Programme of 20 millions CHF(NRP 72) as well as a national Strategy on antibiotic resistance (StAR).

Additional information: StAR NRP72



FEMS 2017, the European microbiology congress, will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 9-13, 2017
29 December 2016 | News

FEMS 2017, the 7th congress of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) will be hosted by the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM). More than 2’000 participants from all over the world are expected in Valencia from July 9 to 13 to attend this event, which is offering 6 plenary lectures, 32 symposia, 24 workshops, poster discussion sessions, and several special events such as how to publish a paper, or from research to start-up creation, or education. All the domains of microbiology will be considered, including basic and applied research, environment and medical microbiology, microbial cell structure, genetics, antimicrobial resistance, mycology, virology, food microbiology, bioremediation, climate changes, etc..

Additional information: FEMS 2017



A scientific paper has been published in FEMS Microbiology Letters on the emergence of transferable colistin resistance (first published online: 11 February 2016)
24 May 2016 | News
Jean-Claude Piffaretti is the author of a paper entitled "Antibiotic resistance: the emergence of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance enhances the need of a proactive one-health approach" published in February 2016 in the journal FEMS Microbiology Letters. Indeed the discovery in several countries worldwide (including Switzerland) of a transferable plasmidic resistance to colistin (a last resort antibiotic to fight multiresistant bacteria) is raising great concern. Up to now, the plasmidic colistin resistance gene (mcr-1) has been found mainly in microorganisms harboured by livestock and raw meat, but humans have been also infected with bacterial strains carrying this resistance. A few bacteria from environmental samples carrying the plasmidic gene have been isolated as well. This finding stresses that the antibiotic resistance issue must be addressed in a holistic way, involving, in addition to human medicine, also veterinary medicine, agriculture and environment. This approach, currently identified as the One-Health approach, is now considered essential in the implementation plans to fight antibiotic resistance that are being established by an increasing number of countries. The paper can be found under "Publications".

Interview published by the Corriere del Ticino on the antibiotic resistance crisis (August 26th, 2015)
19 May 2016 | News
Jean-Claude Piffaretti, founder of Interlifescience, released an interview (in Italian) to the Corriere del Ticino: "Towards a post-antibiotics world". This is a worrying situation, that needs urgent actions both at the national and international levels. Read the interview under "Publications".

FEMS 2015, the European microbiology congress, was held in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in June 2015
17 May 2016 | News

FEMS 2015, the 6th congress of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) was hosted by the Dutch Society for Microbiology. About 2’000 participants from all over the world were in Maastricht from June 7 to 11 to attend this event, which offered 6 plenary lectures, 30 symposia, 20 workshops, and several special events such as how to publish a paper or to translate one’s findings in industrial activity. All the domains of microbiology were considered, including basic and applied research, environment and medical microbiology, microbial cell structure, genetics, antimicrobial resistance, mycology, food microbiology, etc..

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Thauer (Germany) and Prof. Dr. Fernando Baquero (Spain) were awarded the FEMS-Lwoff medal, which is given at the FEMS European congresses for outstanding services to microbiology in Europe.



The conference "Hepatitis B, C and E: from basic science to clinical practice" will take place in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland, October 7th to October 11th, 2012
30 May 2012 | News
All scientists with a research interest in the field of hepatitis B, C, and E viruses as well as infectious diseases physicians are invited to attend. This conference provides an opportunity for the transfer of state-of-the-art knowledge and understanding of important hepatitis viruses between research laboratory-based and clinical microbiologists as well as infectious diseases specialists. Young scientists and infectious diseases experts have the great opportunity to discuss their specific subjects of interest in depth with senior colleagues. To stimulate and optimize interactions, the conference will include about 13 outstanding invited speakers together with only 60 participants selected on the basis of their scientific work and their interest in the chosen topic. In addition, 3 poster sessions will also be organized. Grants will be available to help participants with financial difficulties. Additional information: www.cnfmi.org

FEMS 2011, the European microbiology congress, will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, in June 2011
20 February 2011 | News
FEMS 2011, the 4th congress of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) will be hosted by the Swiss Society for Microbiology. More than 2’000 participants from all over the words are expected in Geneva from June 26 to 30th to attend this event, which is offering 6 plenary lectures, 30 symposia, 20 workshops, and several special events such as how to make the most of PhD and post-doctoral years. All the domains of microbiology will be considered, including basic and applied research, environment and medical microbiology, microbial cell structure, genetics, antimicrobial resistance, mycology, food microbiology, etc..

Daniel Lavanchy has joined Interlifescience in summer 2010
16 February 2011 | News
Until 2010, Daniel Lavanchy has been holding a position at WHO as Project leader, Coordinator, and Senior adviser.

Pandemics Influenza A(H1N1): lessons to be drawn
18 March 2010 | News
The pandemics pick is now over in Switzerland. It is time to draw conclusions and to prepare the next flu season 2010-2011.

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Appeal to the Swiss Federal Council for an innovative financing model for the research on new antimicrobials
26 November 2017

On 9 November 2017, the Round Table on Antibiotics launched an appeal to the Federal Council to establish a dialogue in Switzerland between all partners involved in antibiotic research (academic research, economics, small and medium-sized enterprises, pharmaceutical industry, etc.). This dialogue should aim at defining, developing and implementing an innovative financing model for the research, development and marketing of new antibiotics that are financially accessible to all.

The text of the call of November 9, 2017 can be seen under "Publications"

The World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held on 13-19 November 2017. Switzerland will participate.
8 November 2017

With the purpose of raising awareness of antibiotic resistance and improving the prudent use of antimicrobials, WHO (World Health Organisation) is organising a World Antibiotic Awareness Week since 2015. This year the event will be held from November 13 to 19. For the first time, Switzerland will actively participate to this week. Indeed, the crisis of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is such that an increasing number of infections is becoming difficult to treat, or even impossible. WHO is deeply concerned with this issue and is stimulating its state members to organise campaigns at the national level. Switzerland has already reacted to the antibiotic resistance issue by promoting a National Research Programme of 20 millions CHF(NRP 72) as well as a national Strategy on antibiotic resistance (StAR).

Additional information: StAR NRP72

FEMS 2017, the European microbiology congress, will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 9-13, 2017
29 December 2016

FEMS 2017, the 7th congress of FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) will be hosted by the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM). More than 2’000 participants from all over the world are expected in Valencia from July 9 to 13 to attend this event, which is offering 6 plenary lectures, 32 symposia, 24 workshops, poster discussion sessions, and several special events such as how to publish a paper, or from research to start-up creation, or education. All the domains of microbiology will be considered, including basic and applied research, environment and medical microbiology, microbial cell structure, genetics, antimicrobial resistance, mycology, virology, food microbiology, bioremediation, climate changes, etc..

Additional information: FEMS 2017

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