For her submitted abstract, EPI-Net‘s Dr. Nithya Babu Rajendran received an ECCMID grant for best abstracts among young scientists.
COMBACTE-MAGNET EPI-Net’s major objective is to improve and harmonize surveillance efforts for monitoring healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in Europe. Towards this goal, the EPI-Net team mapped and evaluated all current European surveillance programs in humans, animals and food as part of two systematic reviews, SUSPIRE and SURVAIL, involving extensive literature search and input from surveillance experts contacted through the EPI-Net platform. Results of this collaborative effort have been submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals and will be included in the EPI-Net interactive website (to be ready in a few months). The submitted award-winning abstract reports major project results, and will be presented as a poster in the upcoming ECCMID 2017 (P1109) on the 24th of April.
Dr. Nithya Babu Rajendran is postdoctoral researcher with a background in molecular biology and microbiology. Due to an increasing interest in working with projects that alleviate public health issues, she shifted her focus from lab-based fundamental research to epidemiology. She joined Evelina Tacconelli’s team in 2015 and has since been working full-time on the EPI-Net project. Besides research, she is also greatly interested in EPI-Net’s current efforts to expedite and improve access to scientific data. Finding fresh ideas to communicate data in visually-appealing, coherent ways as well as employing innovative online tools to provide a platform for these data is a challenge Dr. Nithya Babu Rajendran thoroughly enjoys.