Dr Juliëtte Severin is a clinical microbiologist, associate professor, and medical coordinator of the Unit Infection Prevention at the department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is currently the vice-chair of the national “Healthcare-associated Infection and AntiMicrobial Resistance Monitoring Group”, and the chair of the working group that is updating the Dutch infection prevention guideline on Highly Resistant Microorganisms. With her research, focused on antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention and control, she aims to gain a deeper understanding of transmission routes of resistant bacteria and their mobile genetic elements and ways to prevent this, in the Netherlands, but also in settings with lower resources where the burden and the threat of antimicrobial resistance is high.
Prof. David Paterson is Director at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research. He is also a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (Australia's largest hospital and ranked in the top 100 hospitals of the world). He is Australia's most cited Infectious Diseases Physician and is the country's highest cited researcher in the field of Microbiology. He has been in the ISI Thomson Reuters Highly Cited List annually from 2015 to 2019. His research focuses on the molecular and clinical epidemiology of infections with antibiotic resistant organisms, with the intent of translation of knowledge into optimal prevention and treatment of these infections.
Prof. Katsunori Yanagihara is a Professor at the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Nagasaki University School of Medicine, Japan. He is currently treating infectious diseases patients and also engaged in research into antimicrobial resistant bacteria. Dr Yanagihara trained at the Nagasaki University School of Medicine and later studied at Laboratory of Biomedical Molecular Biology, University of Nebraska, USA. Since 2013, Prof. Yanagihara is Treasurer for the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection. Since 2017 he has been Research Leader at the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development on "Research and development of diagnostic methods and therapies to contribute to measures against antimicrobial resistant bacteria".
Prof. Souha Kanj is Head and Professor at the Division of Infectious Diseases American University of Beirut Medical Center, Riad El Solh, Beirut, Lebanon. Dr Kanj is a graduate of Université Saint Joseph, Lebanonn and she completed her residency training at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA. In 1998, she joined the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and was promoted to Professor in 2007. She has served as the Head of the Division of ID since 2002 and Chairperson of the Infection Control Programme. Recent awards include an honorary doctorate degree from Radboud University Medical Centre (UMC), Nijmegen, Netherlands in 2020 and in 2021, Dr Kanj was awarded the Distinction Award for Arab Women in the Field of Medicine for her achievements in the field of infection control and prevention, antimicrobial stewardship and antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria. Dr Kanj is a member of the ISAC Executive Committee.
Dr Mao Hagihara graduated from University of Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Japan in 2004. He completed Infectious Disease Research Fellowship at Center for Anti-Infective Research & Development in USA (2010-2012) and is currently an Associate professor in the Department of Molecular Epidemiology and Biomedical Sciences, Aichi Medical University, Japan. His research interests include PK/PD of antibiotics.
Dr Hiroki Kitagawa graduated from School of Medicine, Hiroshima University in 2011 and has a Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Science, Hiroshima University in 2020. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Hiroshima University Hospital, Japan. His research interests include the control of the multidrug-resistant organisms and the ultraviolet light disinfection in healthcare settings.