The topic is a challenging and moving target – the population of immunocompromised patients (IC) is growing and viral infections are among the most common infection complications in those patients. Viral infections are associated with morbidity and mortality not only in transplant recipients but in all IC patients. The management of viral infections is complex and a multidisciplinary approach is needed regarding epidemiology, prevention and treatment. This course follows up with the ESCMID course held in Lausanne in 2015 which addressed a similar topic predominantly on transplant patients. This course covers all potential groups of IC patients and relevant viral infections including those after biological therapies. The top experts in the field serve as speakers and we expect very practically oriented lessons with updated and recent data from research. Interesting interactive case presentations are also planned.
30 – 45 ID specialists, transplant diseases (both SOT and HSCT) physicians, microbiologists, virologists and haematologists/oncologists (also in training).
Lubos Drgona, Bratislava, Slovakia
Oriol Manuel, Lausanne, Switzerland
ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts - ESGICH
ESCMID Study Group for Viral Hepatitis - ESGVH

The organizer(s) of the course will apply for European CME accreditation through EACCME.


Jose Maria Aguado Garcia, Madrid, Spain
Joop E. Arends, Utrecht, Netherlands
Lubos Drgona, Bratislava, Slovakia
Paolo Antonio Grossi, Varese, Italy
Pavol Jarcuska, Kosice, Slovakia
Martina Lengerova, Brno, Czech Republic
Per Ljungman, Stockholm, Sweden
Oriol Manuel, Lausanne, Switzerland
Pascal Meylan, Lausanne, Switzerland
Malgorzata Mikulska, Genoa, Italy
Matteo Mombelli, Lausanne, Switzerland
David Navarro, Valencia, Spain
Francesca Norman, Madrid, Spain
Dominique Salmon-Ceron, NA, Country Not Specified
Bernd Salzberger, Regensburg, Germany
Claudio Viscoli, Genoa, Italy

Contact Person (Scientific Programme)

Lubos Drgona
National Cancer Institute
Department of Oncohaematology
Klenova 1
83310 Bratislava
+421 2593 785 12
+421 2547 721 46

Administrative Secretariat

Daniela Svetlovska
National Cancer Institute
Dept. of Clinical Studies
Klenova 1
83310 Bratislava
+421 2593 785 12
+421 2547 721 46

Accommodation Details

To be announced

Venue Info

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Venue Details
National Cancer Institute
Klenova 1, 83310 Bratislava
Phone: +421 2593 785 79
Fax: +421 2547 721 46

Thursday, 8 June 2017

09:00 - 10:45
Session 1: viral hepatitis in immunocompromised patients
Chairperson(s): Joop E. Arends
Chairperson(s): Pavol Jarcuska
09:00 - 09:15
Speaker(s): Bernd Salzberger
09:15 - 09:45
Hepatitis B reactivation – screening and treatment in immunocompromised patients
Speaker(s): Claudio Viscoli
09:45 - 10:15
Hepatitis C virus in transplant recipients: who and how to treat
Speaker(s): Paolo Antonio Grossi
10:15 - 10:45
Hepatitis E virus in immunocompromised patients beyond transplantation
Speaker(s): Joop E. Arends
10:45 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30
Session 2: clinical virology in immunocompromised patients I
Chairperson(s): Jose Maria Aguado Garcia
Chairperson(s): Pascal Meylan
11:00 - 11:30
CMV in transplantation
Speaker(s): David Navarro
11:30 - 12:00
HHV-8 in immunocompromised patients
Speaker(s): Paolo Antonio Grossi
12:00 - 12:30
Viral complications after biological therapy
Speaker(s): Jose Maria Aguado Garcia
12:30 - 13:45
13:45 - 15:45
Session 3: clinical virology in immunocompromised patients II
Chairperson(s): Paolo Antonio Grossi
Chairperson(s): Bernd Salzberger
13:45 - 14:15
Poliomavirus infection in patients receiving biologics
Speaker(s): Matteo Mombelli
14:15 - 14:45
Vaccination in the era of biologicals
Speaker(s): Dominique Salmon-Ceron
14:45 - 15:15
What should transplant clinicians need to know about Zika?
Speaker(s): Francesca Norman
15:15 - 15:45
Prevention of viral infections after HSCT: vaccination and more
Speaker(s): Per Ljungman
15:45 - 16:00
Coffee break
16:00 - 17:00
Session 4: case reports 1- 5
Chairperson(s): Oriol Manuel
Chairperson(s): Claudio Viscoli

Friday, 9 June 2017

09:00 - 10:00
Session 5: vaccination in immunocompromised patients
09:00 - 09:30
Prevention of viral infection after SOT: vaccination and more
Speaker(s): Bernd Salzberger
09:30 - 10:00
Emerging viral infections in immunocompromised patients
Speaker(s): Oriol Manuel
10:00 - 10:15
Coffee break
10:15 - 11:35
Session 6: management of viral infections: what is new?
Chairperson(s): Lubos Drgona
Chairperson(s): Matteo Mombelli
10:15 - 10:35
Diagnostics and monitoring of viral infections: PCR and emerging approaches
Speaker(s): Martina Lengerova
10:35 - 10:55
Novel strategies in the management of viral infections in IC patients
Speaker(s): Oriol Manuel
10:55 - 11:15
New antivirals
Speaker(s): Pascal Meylan
11:15 - 11:35
Viral infections in haematological patients: does it matter?
Speaker(s): Malgorzata Mikulska
11:35 - 11:50
Coffee break
11:50 - 12:40
Session 7: interesting case reports 6 - 8
Chairperson(s): Malgorzata Mikulska
12:40 - 13:00
Closing remarks and evaluation of the course
Chairperson(s): Joop E. Arends
Chairperson(s): Lubos Drgona
Chairperson(s): Bernd Salzberger

The fee includes the teaching materials, 2 lunches, 4 coffee breaks, one social dinner. Travel and accommodation are not included.
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