The COST action CA15114 organizes the Joint WG1 and WG3 meetings at the premises of the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece 26 and 27 September 2019. The program of the event to be announced.
Purpose of a Short-Term Scientific Missions STSM facilitates Researchers from COST Countries participating in COST Action [CA 15114] to go to an institution, organization or research center in another participating COST Country to foster collaboration and to perform empirical research. Participation of “Early Career Investigators” (ECI) in STSM is particularly encouraged. An applicant can be considered as being an ECI when the time that has
5-day Training School on Antimicrobial Coatings at Amsterdam UMC at the University of Amsterdam, April 8-12, 2019 The COST action CA15114 “AMiCI” organize a 5-day Training School on “Antimicrobial Coatings”. The objective of this training school is to provide Early Stage Researchers with scientific background as well as practical expertise in testing antimicrobial coatings and surfaces, trained by renowned material and infectious disease scientists. This training school
On 2-3 October 2018, the AMiCI Mid-Term Conference was held, combined with the Action Management Committee and Core Group Meetings, at the Andrija Stampar Teaching Institute of Public Health, in Zagreb, Croatia. The European Union COST Action AMiCI brings together experts on the synthesis, use and assessment of unwanted side effects of antimicrobial coatings. The project is coordinated by dr. Francy Crijns (Zuyd University of
Test methods for efficacy assessment of antimicrobial coatings are not modelled on a hospital environment, and instead use high humidity (>90%) high temperature (37 °C), and no airflow. Therefore, an inoculum will not dry, resulting in an antimicrobial surface exhibiting prolonged antimicrobial activity, as moisture is critical to activity. Liquids will dry quicker in a hospital ward, resulting in a reduced antimicrobial efficacy compared to
The program of the Conference: Day 1: Tuesday 2 October 9:00 Welcome by Local Organiser 9:15 AMiCI – What has happened the past 2 years? Challenges & Solutions 10:00 WG1 Session: Antimicrobial Coatings (AMC) – Safe by Design 10:00 Critical overview of antimicrobial coating technologies in healthcare settings (plenary talk) 10:40 Coffee break 11:00 Nanoengineering strategies for safe by design antimicrobial materials 11:25 Phthalocyanine derivatives as
Development of novel and innovative routes for metal nanoparticles (Au, Ag and Cu NPs) synthesis, different sizes (5-40 nm), shapes, and surface chemistry which makes them useful in a wide spectrum of applications. Structural, morphological and optical characterization of NPs. The focus on individual and particulary polymer/organic molecules functionalized nanoparticles which are prevented from agglomeration and oxidation, and also have improved physicochemical characteristics and functions.
Contact with potentially pathogenic microbes found on different surfaces from everyday items to health care settings (e.g. door handles, medical equipment, near-patient surfaces) may potentially harm our well-being. A promising method to reduce the spreading of unwanted microbes on surfaces is the development of antimicrobial surfaces containing photocatalysts that induce the degradation of organic matter under specific illumination conditions. One suitable class of photocatalysts is
Biofilm formation on materials leads to high costs in industrial processes, as well as in medical applications. This fact has stimulated interest in the development of new materials with improved surfaces to reduce bacterial adhesion. Standardized tests relying on statistical evidence are indispensable to evaluate the quality and microbial safety of these new materials. Download a poster:
The widespread use of synthetic dyes raises concerns regarding environmental impact and health issues , demanding natural and sustainable alternatives such as microbial pigments, which besides colour, provide other functional properties (antimicrobial activity, antioxidant properties, UV protection, among others). Likewise, the replacement of oil-derived synthetic polymers with natural alternatives is another promising opportunity for microorganisms employment. Nontoxic and biodegradable biopolymers such as Bacterial Cellulose