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The AMR Travel Tool at ECCMID 2021

The 31st European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), will take place on 9 – 12 July 2021. This time, ECCMID will be held for the first time online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year a record number of COMBACTE abstracts were submitted to the conference, but were not presented as ECCMID was cancelled. This year we are proud to announce that 19 COMBACTE abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the conference: 6 from COMBACTE-NET, 10 from COMBACTE-MAGNET, 1 from COMBACTE-CARE and 2 from COMBACTE-CDI. An overview of these abstracts will follow soon.

We spoke to some of the young scientists active in COMBACTE, and the abstracts they will be presenting during ECCMID 2021. Fabiana Arieti (University of Verona) will be presenting EPI-Net’s AMR Travel Tool at ECCMID.

Fabiana Arieti is a molecular biologist with a long-standing interest in Global Health. Currently part of the COMBACTE-MAGNET EPI-Net team led by Prof. Evelina Tacconelli at the University of Verona, Italy, Fabiana’s work focuses on epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance and healthcare-associated infections based on a One Health approach.

“One of the abstracts that will be presented by our team this year, is focused on antimicrobial resistance and international travel. It is the result of a teamwork that started in 2019 and consists in a multi-step literature review that set the groundwork for the development of an interactive evidence-based educational tool called “The AMR Travel tool”. The objective is to prevent the acquisition and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria across borders”.

Fabiana Arieti

“The tool was completed and launched in December 2020, during a period that faced an unprecedented curtailing of movement of persons, with a particular impact on international travel, but also in a period in which we realized as never before just how interconnected we really are and how fast infectious diseases can spread.

I like to think that the AMR Travel Tool can represent a small sign of hope and that as soon as possible we can return to travel freely, in a wiser, respectful, and sustainable way.

This is the first time I will present a poster at ECCMID, and in general is the first time I present an ePoster for an online conference.

I have always been to such conferences in person, where I really liked to participate, have the chance to meet colleagues, new people, sharing ideas and being fascinated by how many different perspectives the same topic can be approached.

However, I think it is great that ECCMID can take place online this year and I’m looking forward to discovering how it will be”.

  • I like to think that the AMR Travel Tool can represent a small sign of hope and that as soon as possible we can return to travel freely, in a wiser, respectful, and sustainable way.

    Fabiana Arieti, University of Verona
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