STSM: Fabrication of electrospun antimicrobial nanofibers based on phytochemicals

STSM asignment description: The objective of this STSM is the fabrication of phytochemical based antimicrobial nanofibers via electrospinning which may find application in medical devices for the purpose of infection prevention and control. Through collaboration with TÜBİTAK MRC and Zurich University, it is planned to perform the nanofabrication studies and some of the preliminary morphological characterisations at the Zurich University, and then to done the

STSM: Evaluating the anti-biofilm activity of surfaces composed of ZnO/Ag heterostructures

STSM completed: ZnO/Ag heterostructures are expected to exhibit UVA-induced photocatalytic effect which are due to the presence of ZnO and magnified by the presence of Ag nanoparticles. While these surfaces have been shown to be effective against planktonic bacteria, their action against biofilms is still unknown. As such, the objective of this STSM is to assess the efficacy of ZnO/Ag surfaces against mono- or multi-species

First virtual AMiCI Action Update

Minna and Francy gave virtual AMiCI update through the virtual HILL system on Feb 1st, 2018. It was a very useful and interesting discussion, that morning on HILL. Only a five participants including Minna and Francy, but this made it very personalized and helped to gain a lot of useful information. Here you can see the presentation with the summary of this meeting. Next virtual AMiCI

Join first virtual AMiCI update on Feb 1st by Francy an Minna

It bacame aparent that lot of AMiCI members would like to be more informed and involved in our Action. The possibility of giving updates, and even lectures through the virtual HILL system, available via SAMK has been discussed during last meeting in Tallin. Now it has come to reality: Minna and Francy will explore this possibility by giving first virtual AMiCI update through the virtual HILL

Antimicrobial Activity Testing of Orthopedic Implant Surface

Applications are open for The COST Training School on   Standardized Antimicrobial Activity Testing of Orthopedic Implant Surface planned March 21-23, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.   The training is organized by Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Faculty of Pharmacy Microbiology, Bioorganic and Macromolecular Chemistry unit Campus Plaine in he scope of COST Action TD1305 Improved Protection of Medical Devices Against Infection (IPROMEDAI). The three days program: Day 1: – Aseptic processing and environmental conditions, – Preparation of the surfaces for the assay, – Preparation of

AMiCI on 10th Congress of Toxicology in Developing Countries (Belgrade, Serbia)

The Symposium “Antimicrobial coatings in healthcare settings: efficiency versus safety” Infections and infectious diseases are considered a major challenge to human health in healthcare units worldwide. As antimicrobial materials (such as silver and copper) are inherently toxic, the application of (nano-enabled) antimicrobial surface coatings (AMCs) in healthcare settings may cause harm in addition to benefits. Indeed, in parallel to cutting down the spread of potentially

Proactive Approach for Safe Use of Antimicrobial Coatings in Healthcare Settings

First opinion paper of the COST Action Network AMiCI have been published in The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. We publish here the abstract (1) and  conclusions (5). 1.The abstract: Infections and infectious diseases are considered a major challenge to human health in healthcare units worldwide. This opinion paper was initiated by EU COST Action network AMiCI (AntiMicrobial Coating Innovations) and focuses on scientific information essential

The AMiCI COST Action on 2017 ECSJ in Copenhagen

The AMiCI Action has been selected, as one of 10 COST Actions, to be presented on this year’s European Conference for Science Journalists (Copenhagen, 26-30 June), the largest gathering of science journalists in Europe in 2017. This is a great chance to communicate about the issue and how important collaborative science is in the society. Antimicrobial Coatings as Weapon Against Infectious Diseases HealthCare Associated Infections (HAI) are

COST multidisciplinary European research networks are key to FP9

On 15 June, the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) published its position paper, highlighting the importance of multidisciplinary, bottom-up, open and inclusive networks, pleading for sufficient funding post Horizon 2020. Investment in research and innovation is key for the EU to realise its ambition of becoming a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy and to contribute to the well-being of society. Therefore, EU policy makers

PhD student positions available in the Marie-Sklodowska- Curie European Training Network “PRINT-AID”

Applications are invited for 9 PhD student positions available in the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network: “PRINT-AID – Multidisciplinary European training network for development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality” within the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. PRINT-AID aims to provide high-quality research training to Early Stage Researchers. By bringing together experts in antimicrobial drug development, microbial biofilms, 3D-printing technologies, in vivo preclinical infection