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Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore

Università Cattolica Sacro Cuore (UCSC) – Italy
The "Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore", School of Medicine is a world-class training ground for future leaders in medical research and practice, including every modern medical discipline. Medical students receive a portion of their clinical training at the Agostino Gemelli Hospital, a 1850-beds hospital that achieved an increasing relevance at both national and international level in the last 30 years. The Institute of Infectious Diseases at the UCSC has a 40-bed unit and a large outpatient clinic for more than 10'000 visits a year. The group of researchers have a vast experience in the epidemiology and clinical aspects of nosocomial and community-acquired infections caused by multi-drug resistant bacteria. Our research unit was partner in two projects financed by the European Commission within a FP5 IST project (TREAT) and a FP6 project (AMICA). Currently, the Institute of Infectious Diseases coordinates the WP4 (Nosocomial acquisition study) within the SATURN Project (FP7) and the WP4 (Antibiotic bundle) in the DG-Sanco IMPLEMENT Project. In the AIDA Project UCSC will be a Partner and will be involved in the clinical trial.

Main tasks
UCSC will contribute in WP1 - randomized clinical trial (Multicenter, open-label, randomized clinical trial to compare colistin
alone vs. colistin plus imipenem for severe infections caused by carbapenem-resistant bacteria).

Previous experience and Key personnel
Evelina Tacconelli, (MD,MS, PhD) is Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at the UCSC. Lecturer on Medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA from 2003 to 2008. She is Professional Affair Officer for Infectious Diseases of the European Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology and Chairperson for the European ISC MRSA working group. Her scientific activity mainly developed in the fields of bacterial infections and is mostly focused on the aspects related to nosocomial infections and antimicrobial resistance. She published > 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has experience in working in projects funded by the EU Commission and is currently leading two international and one national networks on the theme of antimicrobial resistance.

Previous publications
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