Expert meeting on diagnosis and detection of antimicrobial resistance in developing countries

„Expert meeting on diagnosis and detection of antimicrobial resistance in developing countries” in Veyrier-du-Lac (Annecy, France) - DebugIT project leader Dr. Dirk Coleart's Adobe Portable Document Format file (pdf) presentation of project results met with great interest.

The global problem of antimicrobial resistance is particularly pressing in developing countries, where the infectious disease burden is high and cost constraints prevent both the widespread introduction of newer, more expensive drugs and the widespread transfer of knowledge to allow for better decision support for treating physicians.

Infectious diseases are leading causes of disease and death in the developing world, and their treatment has been critically compromised by the appearance and rapid spread of resistance, especially in the case of respiratory infections, malaria and tuberculosis. Surveillance of resistance in many developing countries is suboptimal, and the general picture is one of accelerating rates of resistance spurred by antimicrobial misuse and shortfalls in infection control and public health measures.

The objective of the conference, hosted at „Les Pensières Conference Centre - Veyrier-du-Lac, Annecy (France)” from October 26-28th 2011 was to evaluate the current situation in terms of surveillance capacities and technologies, to identify major unmet needs, and propose initiatives to fill these gaps. The innovative tools developed within the DebugIT project for better surveillance of appearances and the spread of resistances as well as for better decision taking by doctors were presented and part of an expert exchange that discussed „Innovative new tools for resistance diagnosis and surveillance”. Dirk Colaert, technical lead of the DebugIT project, presented the impressive tools and systems developed by this European Commission (FP 7) supported project. They did not only meet with great interest, but where identified as extremely useful prototype tools identifying the way forward for improving the situation in both developed and developing countries.




WHO Europe has published its roadmap on combating drug resistant tuberculosis

This publication presents a roadmap designed to prevent and control both multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) in the Region. The Consolidated Action Plan has six cross-cutting strategic directions and seven areas of intervention. Aligned with the Global Plan to Stop TB, the roadmap includes a monitoring and evaluation framework, analysis of the costs and benefits of implementation, and summaries of the situation in the 15 countries in the Region with a high burden of MDR-TB. Please consult the link below for further information and a download of the publication.

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DebugIT project presented its progress at MIE 2011 in Oslo

Members of the DebugIT project team attended the "Village of the future" at MIE Oslo, where the project had its own presentation booth. Partner empirica, with strong support by all partners, developed a project poster for this occasion and integrated feedback collected from partners. The event was a great success in approaching relevant target groups like other scientists, clinicians, and also industry representatives - the Village of the Future was a highly selective, separate high profile exhibition of high impact developments specifically assembled and supported by continuous presentations and events to attract a maximum of visitors.

The project poster is available Adobe Portable Document Format file (pdf)here.




Article on antimicrobial resistance wins 3rd EU Health award for journalists

On January 31st, the 1st Prize on the Europe for Patients theme was awarded to Ben Hirschler and Kate Kelland from the United Kingdom. Their winning article on antimicrobial resistance "When the drugs don't work", published by Reuters, puts the spotlight on the emerging healthcare disaster of "super-bugs" – a subject where there is a clear lack of awareness, even amongst healthcare professionals.

The EU Health Prize for Journalists aims to showcase and reward the work of journalists from across the EU that raises awareness on important health issues that affect our lives. The main theme of the Prize was the ' Europe for Patients' campaign, which comprises a wide range of healthcare and patient safety-related topics.

For more information about the EU Health Prize for Journalists and to read the winning articles and the shortlisted articles, please refer to the dedicated website:




DebugIT researcher publishes his doctoral thesis on biomedical knowledge sharing and representation

DebugIT researcher Rémy Choquet has successfully completed his “doctorat en science” in the domain of informatics at the Pierre and Marie Curie university, Paris (Paris VI). His work deals with the sharing of biomedical data with special consideration to knowledge representation, semantics and data quality aspects. Input from other DebugIT researchers has greatly contributed to the thesis and is gratefully acknowledged.

A pdf version of the thesis is available at Adobe Portable Document Format file (pdf)