Buetti, Niccolo (FR)

INSERM IAME, Team DesCID, Paris, France


Niccolò Buetti (MD, MSc) is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He conducted his training in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiology of the University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland and is completing his research fellowship at the INSERM-IAME unit (Team “Decision Science in Infectious Disease prevention, control and care”), Paris, France. He obtained in 2019 a Master degree in clinical epidemiology and healthcare research from the Sorbonne University of Paris, France. His research interests are intravascular catheter-related infections, hospital-acquired bloodstream infections and the epidemiology and control of multi-drug resistant bacteria in the hospital setting.

Slevin, Barbara (IE)

University Limerick Hospitals Group


Barbara is an Assistant Director of Infection Control Nursing in University Limerick Hospitals Group, Ireland. She qualified as a RGN in 1995 and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons, with a Master’s Degree in Nursing in 2007, where she conducted a seminal research study on hand hygiene in Ireland. She is a senior nurse leader with over 17 years working in the specialised field of Infection Prevention & Control. She is the Healthcare Associated Infection Lead for the University Limerick Hospitals Group and manages the infection control service for Carbapenemase Producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) for this group of acute hospitals in the Mid-west region. She has collaborated with a multidisciplinary team in the design of an interdisciplinary Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare module, in University of Limerick and is a member of the organising committee for the Safe Patient Course in the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Ireland. She has undertaken post-graduate training in the Royal colleague of physicians (RCPI) on Leadership and quality improvement. She has co-authored several published studies in the academic literature and presented at several national and international infection control conferences. Her main interests within infection control are hand hygiene, Quality Improvement, CPE and patient’s experiences. Her personal goal is to lead and influence the agenda of patient centeredness in infection control at a national level.
She is a member of the Infection Prevention Society UK, and Infection Prevention Control Ireland (IPCI).
Disclosure of interest: none declared

Cheng, Vincent (HK)

Queen Mary Hospital

Vincent Chi-Chung CHENG is the Chief of Service, Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Officer at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong , and Honorary Professor at Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Hong Kong in 1994 with distinction in Medicine, and trained in the field of internal medicine. After acquisition of Membership from The Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom in 1997, he pursued further training in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Queen Mary Hospital. He obtained his Membership and Fellowship from The Royal College of Pathologists in 2004 and 2007 respectively. He was conferred Doctor of Medicine by The University of Hong Kong in 2012, and was awarded the Sir Patrick Manson Gold Medal for the best MD thesis. He is currently serving as International Editorial Board member of Journal of Hospital Infection, Infection Prevention in Practice, and has published over 230 international peer reviewed original articles in the areas of clinical infectious disease including SARS and influenza, diagnostic clinical microbiology, proactive infection control for multiple drug resistant bacteria, and respiratory and gastrointestinal viruses, and hospital outbreak investigations for bacteria, virus, and fungus.

Hartmann, Erica (US)

Northwestern University

Erica Marie Hartmann, PhD is an environmental microbiologist interested in the interaction between human-made chemicals and microbes. Her career began at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she worked on mass spectrometry-based methods for detecting microbial enzymes necessary for bioremediation. She then moved to Arizona State University where she was the first graduate of the interdisciplinary Biological Design PhD program. She when to France on a Fulbright, studying microbes that degrade carcinogenic pollutants at the Commission for Atomic Energy. She began leading studies antimicrobial chemicals and microbes found in indoor dust at the Biology and the Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon and is currently continuing that work as an assistant professor at Northwestern University.

Fankhauser, Carolina (CH)

Ms. Carolina Fankhauser, MSc, is a Microbiologist in the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland. She is interested in Hand Hygiene and multidrug resistant organisms (MDRO). Her work on hospital epidemiology has been related mainly to the surveillance of MDROs within the hospital setting. She has been actively involved in European multicenter research projects such as MOSAR and RGNOSIS, dealing with different approaches to control MDROs. She has also organized and participated in the Train the Trainers courses on Hand Hygiene held in several countries. At a community level, she collaborates with the Cantonal antibiotic resistance working group, in Geneva. She has also served as a diplomat at the multilateral level, mainly on topics related to health, human rights and childhood.

Dantas, Gautam (US)

Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine

Gautam Dantas, Ph.D., is a professor in the Departments of Pathology & Immunology, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Microbiology, and the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology, at Washington University in St Louis School of Medicine. He received a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Washington, and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. His research interests and training lie at the interface of microbial genomics, synthetic biology, systems biology, and computational biology. His research focuses on (1) understanding and predicting how diverse microbiomes respond to chemical and biological perturbations, (2) harnessing these insights to rationally design therapeutic strategies to curtail antibiotic resistant pathogens and remedy pathological microbiome states, and (3) engineering microbial catalysts to convert renewable biomass into value chemicals such as biofuels and pharmaceuticals. Since 2009, he has mentored 12 postdoctoral fellows, 25 graduate students, and over 50 high-school and undergraduate interns. He is a recipient of the AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize, the Harvard University Certificate for Distinction in Teaching, the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Mallinckrodt Foundation Scholar Award, the Academy of Science – St Louis Innovator Award, the Washington University Distinguished Educator Award, and American Academy of Microbiology Fellowship. More information about the Dantas Lab at: http://www.dantaslab.org

Damani, Nizam (UK)

Southern Health & Social Care Trust

Dr Nizam Damani is a well-recognized international expert in the field of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) both in high and low- to middle-income countries. He has won many excellence awards in his field. He was Associate Medical Director at the Southern Health & Social Services Trust and was a senior lecturer at the Queens University, Belfast, UK. He has proved consultancy services to various international organizations, including the World Health Organization and European Union IMPLEMENT project. He has served on various WHO guidelines development and advisory groups. He was a member of the WHO Core Group of the 1st Global Patient Safety Challenge and was the country coordinator for the WHO Hand hygiene pilot site in Pakistan.

He has published many scientific peer-reviewed papers, publications and contributed chapters in various books. As a sole author, he has written books in IPC, Information Resources in Infection control (8th edition) and Manual of Infection Prevention and Control (4th edition) which has been published by the Oxford University Press and his book has been translated in various languages. He also served as an editor of the International Journal of Infection Control. He was a member of the Education Committee of Healthcare Infection Society and the National Working Party of Antibiotic Sensitivity testing method of the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. He served as the treasurer of the International Federation of Infection Control.