Rosenthal, Victor D. -U.S.A.-, Founder and Chairman

Dr. Victor D. Rosenthal, MD is a Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology Division, of Public Health Department, of Miller Medical School, of University of Miami, USA. He is a medical doctor, specialist in Internal Medicine and in Infectious Diseases. He is certified on Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He is the Founder and Chairman of the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC), a non-profit international research center which focuses on Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) leading trials and activities about HAI with more than 2,000 researchers in hundreds of cities in more than 50 countries. He is author of 385 scientific publications and book chapters, of which, 120 are indexed at the US National Library of Medicine of National Institute of Health, Pubmed. According with Google Scholar he has 11,300 total citations and his h-index is 56. According with Research Gate, his total Research Interest is higher than 99% of researchers on ResearchGate. He has been honored with ten major international awards for excellence, four of them granted in the U.S., such as the Blue Ribbon Award, Best International Abstract Award, and Award for Publication Excellence, granted by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology of America, and the SHEA William Jarvis Award, awarded by the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America. Dr. Rosenthal was a speaker in thousands of conferences and symposiums in more than 50 countries, at the five continents, during last 28 years. Dr. Rosenthal has written chapters in the book, Bennett & Brachman’s Hospital Infections, which is the most widely sold and used book on HAI prevention in the United States and throughout the world. He also wrote chapters about HAIs in other books in Argentina, Colombia, and India, among other countries. Dr Rosenthal has a critical role in several distinguished organizations, such as with Oxford University in UK, by conducting multicenter researches about bacterial resistance; with St George University in UK, by conducting multicenter researches about HAIs in pediatric and neonatal ICUs; with Washington University in Seattle, USA, by conducting multicenter researches about bacterial resistance; with Washington University in St Louis, USA, as a member of a panel for scientific trials; with the Joint Commission International based in USA, contributing as task force member of the guideline to prevent bloodstream infections and as an author of a chapter at the book of best practices in infection prevention and control; at the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention of USA (CDC), by developing an online software for surveillance of multidrug resistant tuberculosis worldwide; with World Health Organization, being reviewer of hand hygiene and also multi drug resistant microorganism guidelines, and by providing primary data for their meta-analysis about surgical site infections; with Ministry of Health of Hong Kong, Taiwan, Colombia by collaborating with edition of guidelines to prevent HAIs; with ministry of health and senate of Argentina by being a consultant and editor of national guidelines to prevent HAIs; with ministry of health of Italy, and of Swiss National Foundation, by being reviewer of requests for research grants; with the International Society of Infectious Diseases, by editing guidelines to prevent HAIs. He has being a jury of other researchers being an Editorial Board Member of American Journal of Infection Control, the Journal of Infection and Public Health, and the Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials. He has judged the work of his colleagues as peer reviewer in over 100 peer review journals indexed at the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, including Lancet and many others.

Professor Sheila Myatra – INDIA, Director de Pais
Prof. Sheila Myatra works In the Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai since 20 years. She is a Professor of Intensive Care at the Homi Bhabha National Institute University. She is the President and founder member of the “All India Difficult Airway Association” (AIDAA). Appointed Chair of the Intensive & Critical Care Medicine (ICCM) Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) in 2020. She has served as the Vice Chancellor of the Indian College of Critical Care Medicine, National treasurer and EC member of the Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM). She is one among the 13 international airway experts who is working on the PUMA guidelines (Project for the Universal Management of the Airway) and the next American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) difficult airway guidelines.She has developed a new test in hemodynamic monitoring, called the “tidal volume challenge” (Critical Care Medicine 2017). She was recently appointed on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SCC) steering committee working on updating the SSC COVID Guidelines. She is also on the steering committee of several international studies including the COVID Steroid 2, HOPE, IntubateCOVID, Unite COVID, SANDMAN Study, InPUT Study, AFIB-ICU, MOSAICS II and the ACME Study. She is presently on the editorial board of Anaesthesia (Impact factor 5.739), Journal of Critical Care (Impact factor 2.78), and Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care (1.81). Previously, Intensive Care Medicine, the journal of the ESICM (Impact factor 18.967), Over 80 indexed publications and over 30 book chapters. List of publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Myatra+S

Mehta, Yatin- INDIA NORTH-, Country Director
Chairman of Medanta Institute of Critical Care and Anesthesia, Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, India. Past Vice President of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM)- Delhi. Past President of Indian Association of Cardio-Thoracic Anesthesia (IACTA). Founder and past Chief Editor of Annals of Cardiac Anesthesia. Executive Committee Member ISCCM. New Delhi, India. Asia.

Raka, Lul. -KOSOVO-, Country Director
Presidente del Comité Nacional para la Prevención y Control de Infecciones Nosocomiales, Ministerio de Salud de Kosovo. Profesor Adjunto de Microbiología Clínica, Facultad de Medicina, Prishtina University. Departamento de Microbiología, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de Kosovo. Prishtina, Kosovo. Europa.

Hu, Bijie -CHINA-, Country Director
Director, Department of Infectious Diseases, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University. Director, Department of Nosocomial Infection Control, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University. Director, Laboratory of Clinical Microbiology, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University. President, Nosocomial Infection Control Committee of China Prevent Medicine Association. Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University. Board Member of the Infection Control Society of China. Shanghai, China. Asia.

Seto, Wing Hong. -HONG KONG-, Advisory Board Member
Chief of Service of Microbiology and Infection Control Officer, Queen Mary Hospital and Hong Kong West Cluster, Hospital Authority. Founding President of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control and President of the Asia Pacific Society of Quality Healthcare. Chairman of the Infection Control Scientific Committee of the Centre for Health Protection in Hong Kong. WHO Regular Advisor for various projects in Infection Control, Antibiotics Resistance and a core group member for the WHO Hand Hygiene guidelines. Honorary Professor for the University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and visiting professor for the University of New South Wales. He has been awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong Government for his work in Infection Control in Hong Kong. Hong Kong. Asia.

Sergio Cimerman- BRAZIL-, Advisory Board Member
Presidente De La Sociedad Brasileña De Infectologia. Medico De Instituto De Infectologia Emilio Ribas. Ex Presidente De La Asociación Panamericana De Infectologia. Profesor De Infectologia De La Universidad De Mogi Das Cruzes.

Javier Eduardo Desse- ARGENTINA-, Advisory Board MemberJavier Eduardo Desse- ARGENTINA-, Advisory Board Member
Docente Adscripto de Universidad de Buenos Aires y de Universidad Maimónides. Miembro Fundador de la Sociedad Argentina de Infectologia. Especialista en Medicina Interna Clinica Médica; Médico Infectólogo Universitario (UBA); Jefe de Unidad de Internación y Consultorios Externos de Infectologia en Hospital Provincial E E Erill de Escobar en Provincia de Buenos Aires; Jefe de Infectologia, Epidemiologia Hospitalaria y Control de Infecciones en Casa Hospital San Juan de Dios de Ramos Mejia en Provincia de Buenos Aires.

Alfonso J. Rodríguez-Morales – COLOMBIA-, Advisory Board Member
Expert in Tropical Infectious Diseases and Public Health. He is President of the Travel Medicine Committee of the Pan American Infectious Diseases Association (API), as well Secretary of the Colombian Infectious Diseases Association (ACIN). Also, President of the Coffee-Triangle Chapter of ACIN. Since 2014, has been recognized as Senior Researcher by the national agency of Science in Colombia, Colciencias. He is Professor and Appointed Director of Research of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira in Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia. Co-Chair of the Research Group Public Health and Infection. His H index=17 with over 240 papers in journals indexed in PubMed and/or Scopus.

Sofía del Carmen González Collantes- PERU-, Advisory Board Member
Presidente de Sociedad Peruana de Enfermedades Infecciosas y Tropicales. Presidente del Comité de Calificación de Instituciones Médico Científicas del Consejo Nacional del Colegio Médico del Perú. Médico especialista en Enfermedades Infecciosas y Tropicales. Maestría en Epidemiología. Docente de la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. (U.N.M.S.M.). Miembro permanente del Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Daniel Alcides Carrión” U.N.M.S.M. Jefe de la Oficina de Epidemiología y Salud Ambiental del Centro Médico Naval “CMST”. Presidente del Comité de Ética del Instituto de Medicina Tropical “Daniel Alcides Carrión” U.N.M.S.M.

Graves, Nicholas. -AUSTRALIA-, Advisory Board Member
Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics, Institute for Health & Biomedical Innovation, QUT, Brisbane, Australia. Peer Reviewer of Scientific Journals: BMJ, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), Epidemiology & Infection, AIDS, Journal of Internal Medicine, European Journal of Public Health, and others. Research Funding: NH&MRC Australia Project Grants; NHS Quality Improvement, Health Technology Assessment, Scotland; Health Research Board, Health Services Research, Ireland. Brisbane, Australia. Oceania.

Nguyen Viet Hung- VIETNAM, Advisory Board Member
Vice President and General Secretary of the Hanoi Society of Infection Control, HANSIC. Steering Member of Infection Control Committee of Ministry of Health. Assistant professor of Hanoi Medical University. Head of infection control department of Bach Mai hospital. Dr. Nguyen Viet Hung is one of the first ranking experts in hospital epidemiology in Vietnam. He has been working in the field of infection control and prevention for 20 years. He has published about 100 scientific papers.

Apisarnthanarak, Anucha. -TAILANDIA-, Advisory Board Member
Scientific committee chair person for the Thai National Nosocomial Infection Control Group. Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Thammasat University Hospital Associate Professor at Division of Infectious Diseases, Thammasat University Hospital. Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Medicine since 2008. Active member of many Thai national societies including the National Antimicrobial Resistant Surveillance System of Thailand (NARST), and Infectious Diseases Association of Thailand. Editorial Board, Clinical Infectious Diseases Editorial Board, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Committee, SHEA External Affair Committee 2009-present. Member, SHEA Annual Meeting Planning Committe 2009-present. Bangkok, Thailand. Asia. Bangkok, Tailandia. Asia.

Mitsuda,Toshihiro. -JAPON-, Advisory Board Member
Head of the Division of Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Yokohama City. University Hospital. Associate Professor at University Hospital, Yokohama City. Board of Directors of Japanese Society of Environmental Infections. Board of Directors of Japanese Society for Clinical Microbiology. Yokohama, Japan. Asia.

Rutala, William A. -USA-, Advisory Board Member
Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Health Care System. Director and Co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the UNC School of Medicine. Professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UNC School of Medicine. Advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Trade Commission. Editorial Board Member of the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE). Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel on Antimicrobial Research Strategies for Disinfectants and Former Member of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) [1999-2003] and of the General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel. Member of several professional societies including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Olmsted, Russell N. -USA-, Advisory Board Member
Ex APIC President. Epidemiologist, Infection Control Services; Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. 2006 President & Member, Michigan Society for Infection Control (MSIC). Member, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Associate Editor, American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC); and Member – Editorial Board, Journal of Hospital Infection (JHI). Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.

Sattar, Syed, A. -CANADA-, Advisory Board Member
Professor Emeritus of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada. Founding Director, Centre for Research on Environmental Microbiology (CREM), University of Ottawa. Member, Editorial Boards, Am. J. Infect. Control, International J. Infect. Control, Medicine & Hygiene. Advisor to the governments of Canada and the U.S. on various aspects of infection control. Member, World Health Organization?s core group to draft the Guidelines on Hand Hygiene. Member, Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development?s Task Group to develop harmonized methodologies to assess the microbicidal activities of hard surface disinfectants. Recipient of the Martin S. Favero Lectureship Award (2006) of the Am. Assoc. for Infect. Control and Hosp. Epidemiol., and Hygeia Medal (2009) of the Rudolf Sch?lke Foundation. Ottawa, Canada.

Maki, Dennis G. -USA-, Advisory Board Member
Ovid O. Meyer Professor of Medicine and Head, Section of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine University of Wisconsin Medical School. Attending Physician of the Center for Trauma and Life Support Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of Infectious Disease Clinic, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Former President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), of the Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association, and Councillor of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Editorial Board Member of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)?s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Former Editor, Primum Non Nocere, Center for Disease Control and Former Editorial Board Member of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care Monitor, Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Investigation, Journal of Critical Care, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and others. Former Consultant to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and for the National Response to Bioterrorism of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Lynch, Patricia. -USA-, Advisory Board Member
Former Chair, International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) and an IFIC Board member since 1999. Former president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), of the Certification Board of Infection Control, and of the Research Foundation for Prevention of Complications Associated with Health Care. Redmond, Washington, U.S.A.

Jarvis, William Robert. -USA-, Advisory Board Member
Clinical Associate Professor, Division Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Immunology and Epidemiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. Editor, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE). Former Senior Editor, IcanPrevent, Ican, Inc. Former President and Vice-President, The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Former Chair, American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Former President and Vice President, Research Foundation for Prevention of Complications Associated with Health Care, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC). Former Commissioned Corps Officer, U.S. Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Former Chief, National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), CDC. Former Acting Director, HIP, NCID, CDC. Former Associate Director for Program Development, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, NCID, CDC. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Former Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine. Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

Alvarado, Carla J. -USA-, Advisory Board Member
Research Scientist Emerita. Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement. University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Research Scientist and Course Director Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety (SEIPS) Human Factors Engineering and Patient Safety Short Course. Former Board of Director of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC); Former Trustee of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Research Foundation; Chairperson of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) Healthcare Technical Group. Affiliated to the MP 471 Patient Safety: Risk Assessment and Management and Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement Courses programs (CQPI) College of Engineering and the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received 2003 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Carol DeMille Lifetime Achievement in Infection Control Award. Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Leblebicioglu, Hakan -TURQUIA-, Ex Country Director
Head of Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School. Professor of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Courses at Ondokuz Mayis University Medical School. President of Black Sea Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (BSCMID); Founding Member of Turkish Society of Hospital Infection Prevention; Vice President of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology Specialty Society of Turkey (EKMUD). Editor of Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials (ACMA). Samsun, Turkey. Europe.

Larson, Elaine. -USA-, Ex Advisory Board Member
Elaine Larson is Associate Dean for Research and the Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research, Columbia University School of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a former Dean, Georgetown University School of Nursing. Dr. Larson has been a member of the Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences. She received the first Pathfinder Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2003 and an International Nurse Researcher Award from Sigma Theta Tau in 2011. In 2013, Dr. Larson became the first recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology for her contributions to hand-washing and other epidemiologic research. She is a fellow in the Institute of Medicine, Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections at Columbia University and an interdisciplinary T32 pre- and post-doctoral training grant, “Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Infections.” She has been Editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995 and has published more than 250 journal articles, four books and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research.

French, Gary. -UK-, Ex Advisory Board Member
Professor French was a lecturer in Microbiology at London and then the University of the West Indies (1977 – 79). In 1980, he became a Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant in Microbiology at St Thomas’. He was appointed the Foundation Chair of Microbiology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Head of the Department of Clinical Microbiology at the Prince of Wales Hospital in 1982. Professor French returned to UK in 1990 and was appointed Professor of Medical Microbiology at King’s College London (KCL). Until his retirement in November 2011, Professor French was Consultant in Microbiology and Head of Infection Control at the Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital NHS Trust (GSTT). He was also advisor in Infection Control to the Moorefield’s Eye Hospital and the Lambeth & Southwark Primary Care Trust, and Civil Consultant in Microbiology of the Royal Air Force from 2001-2009. Professor Gary French As an Honorary Professor at KCL and Honorary Consultant at GSTT, Professor French continued to supervise MD research degrees at KCL and a large Department of Health funded research project on rapid MRSA diagnosis at GSTT and King’s College Hospital, London. Professor French is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, a member of the Hospital Infection Society, the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Association of Medical Microbiologists, the Pathology Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. He was Chairman of the Hospital Infection Society from 1999 -2001 and Editor of the Journal of Hospital Infection from 1995-1999. He was also a Board Member of the International Federation of Infection Control from 2000-2006. Professor French has the Diploma in Hospital Infection Control (DipHIC), which is the highest UK postgraduate specialist qualification in hospital infection awarded by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His areas of specialist interest are clinical microbiology, hospital and healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic therapy and antimicrobial resistance.