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All Members

Lillian Abbo (USA)
Ramin Abiri (Iran)
Guillermo Acuna (Chile)
Reem Al Jindan (Saudi Arabia)
Jakhongir Alijdanov (Uzbekistan)
Amani Alnimr (Saudi Arabia)
Carlos Amabile Cuevas (Mexico)
Tara Anderson (Australia)
Luccila Baldassari (Italy)
Luis Bavestrello (Chile)
Jean Carlet (France)
Sujith Chandy (India)
Irina Codita (Romania)
Roberta Creti (Italy)
George Daikos (Greece)
Ziad Daoud (Lebanon)
Anahi Dresser (Mexico)
Mushira Enani (Saudi Arabia)
Abdul Ghafur (India)
Thomas Gottlieb (Australia)
Ian Gould (UK)
Irina Gradinaru (Romania)
Camelia Grigore (Romania)
Revathi Gunturu (India)
Po-Ren Hsueh (Taiwan)
Nadia H. Ismail (Saudi Arabia)
Victor Lim (Malaysia)
Fernando Luis Lopes Cardozo (Brazil)
David Lye (Singapore)
Takahiro Mochizuki (Japan)
Mihai Nechifor (Romania)
Carla Odio (Costa Rica)
Norio Ohmagari (Japan)
Muguel Angel Peredo (Mexico)
George Petrikkos (Greece)
Mariyatul Qibtiyah (Indonesia)
Raphael Saginur (Canada)
Susan Seo (USA)
Stefania Stefani (Italy)
Goran Stepanovic (Serbia)
Nithima Sumpradit (Thailand)
Pierre Tattevin (France)
Karin Thursky (Australia)
Oyewale Tomori ( Nigeria)
Adnene Toumi (Tunisia)
Elena Ushkolova (Russia)
Silvio Vega (Panama)
Vera Vlahovic-Palcevski (Croatia)
Erika Vlieghe (Belgium)
Chand Wattal (India)
Heiman Wertheim (Vietnam)
Katsunori Yanagihara (Japan)
Ibrahim Yusuf (Nigeria)

How to Join

Members of an ISAC Member Society are eligible to join any of our Working Groups. If you are a member and would like to join this group, please contact the Chairperson and Secretary (if applicable).

Aims and Objectives

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the most urgent threats facing people from all parts of the world. During the last six years the ISAC Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group has been increasing its membership composition, and now has over 40 international members from the five continents.

Our current aims are:

  1. To enhance a worldwide network of health-care workers involved and committed to a real improvement in the use of antimicrobials.
  2. To develop surveys investigating several related issues of antimicrobial use in different circumstances, antimicrobial consumption, composition and productions of antimicrobial stewardship programmes, etc.
  3. To continue the production of transcontinental consensus documents addressing prevalent issues related to the judicious use of antimicrobials, as the rational management of multi-drug resistant bacteria, and general recommendations for the prudent use of antimicrobials in different settings (i.e., community, inpatients, special patients, etc.)
  4. To continue running distance learning courses in different countries and continents, with very low or no- cost for participants. 



The ISAC AMS working group has been present at the following international scientific meetings:

17-22 Nov 2015 Infection Prevention Control Network of Kenya/ICAN. Two participations on the conference, and co-organization and presentations at the Antimicrobial Stewardship Workshop
13-15 Nov 2015 Symposium at the 6th Southeast European Conference on Chemotherapy and Infection, Thessaloniki, Greece
1-4 Oct 2015 Symposium at the Serbian Congress of Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
17-21 Sept 2015 Symposium at the joint ICC/ICAAC 2015, San Diego, USA
7-9 August 2015 Symposium at the 10th Global Chinese Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, China
18 May 2015 Pan-American Congress of Infectious Diseases, Quito, Ecuador. Symposium - Antibiotic Stewardship and Resistance
14-17 May 2015 Symposium at the 25th IMAB Meeting, Varna
26-29 March 2015 Symposium at the Asia Pacific Congress of Infection Control in Taipei, Taiwan
26-29 Nov 2014 15th Asia Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (APCCMI), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Symposium: Antimicrobial Stewardship in different scenarios: Problems and solutions (Organized in collaboration with the ISC Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group).
3-8 Nov 2014 5th ICAN Conference, Harare, Zimbabwe. Conferences sessions: Prevention and treatment of MRSA and MDR Gram negative infections. After the ICAN conference, a day and a half workshop was done, with the presence of 150 participants from many African countries
14 - 16 Oct 2014 8th Cuban Congress of Microbiology and Parasitology, La Habana, Cuba.Antimicrobial Stewardship and Treatment of MDR Gram negative infections sessions
21- 24 May 2014

Sao Paulo Congress of Infectious Diseases, Brazil. Antimicrobial Stewardship session, co-organized with ISC

24 Sept 2014

Symposium at the 5th SEEC in Bled, Slovenia

2 – 4 May 2014

5th ISC MRSA Consensus Conference “MRSA – Unfinished Business”.
Co-organized with the Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group

6-9 June 2013

Symposium for the 28th ICC in Yokohama, Japan

8-11 Nov 2012

Symposium at the 3rd SEEC in Dubrovnik, Croatia

7-10 May 2011 Presentations at the 21st ECCMID/27th ICC in Milan, Italy
6-9 May 2010 Symposium at the 1st South-eastern European Conference on Chemotherapy & Infection, Varna, Bulgaria



Projects / Publications

Infection Control African Network: the joint Infection Control African Network (ICAN)/ISC Antimicrobial Stewardship network now have 43 members from across Africa. Since 2012, we have been co-organizing a once-a-year, two-day workshop on Infection Control & Antimicrobial Stewardship. The first was held in Cape Town, South Africa (November 2012), the second in Mombasa, Kenya (November 2013), the third in Harare, Zimbabwe (November 2014) and the fourth was held in Naivasha, Kenya (November 2015).

World Alliance Against Antibiotic Resistance (WAAAR): we have actively participated in the elaboration of many documents, including the recently launched international declaration 

European Study Group of Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP): we have jointly organized an international cross-sectional survey of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in hospitals. This has been presented in several conferences and published in JAC on December 2014.

Treatment of serious infections due to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE): Co-organized with the Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group. This is a global survey consisting of 8 clinical cases that aimed to analyze how physicians treat infections due to MDR Enterobacteriaceae. Around 2000 responses to all cases were received, and results are being processed for publication.

Key points for the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitalised patients: This new position paper is very advanced. 

Distance learning course “BASICS IN ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP AND INFECTION CONTROL” (BASIC) 2014 for Africa, co-organized with ICAN: The first version of this course was held between September 2014 and February 2015, and convened 150 participants including physicians, clinical pharmacists, clinical microbiologists and nurses from all African countries involved or interested in developing antimicrobial stewardship and IPC activities. The course contained 5 educational modules and interactive forums of discussions and has been very successful and well received.

An international cross-sectional survey of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in hospitals. Howard P, Pulcini C, Levy Hara G, West RM, Gould IM, Harbarth S, Nathwani D; ESCMID Study Group for Antimicrobial Policies (ESGAP); ISC Group on Antimicrobial Stewardship. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2015 Apr;70(4)
Antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals: Does it work and can we do it? Levy Hara G.  J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 2014 Mar;2(1)
Antibiotic resistance-the need for global solutions. Laxminarayan R, Duse A, Wattal C, Zaidi AK, Wertheim HF, Sumpradit N, Vlieghe E, Hara GL, Gould IM, Goossens H, Greko C, So AD, Bigdeli M, Tomson G, Woodhouse W, Ombaka E, Peralta AQ, Qamar FN, Mir F, Kariuki S, Bhutta ZA, Coates A, Bergstrom R, Wright GD, Brown ED, Cars O. Lancet Infect Dis. 2013 Dec;13(12):1057-98.
Global survey of polymyxin use: A call for international guidelines. Wertheim H, Van Nguyen K, Hara GL, Gelband H, Laxminarayan R, Mouton J, Cars O. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 2013 Sep;1(3):131-134.
Treatment of extensively drug-resistant Gram-negative infections in critically ill patients: Outcome of a consensus meeting at the 13th Asia-Pacific Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, October 2012. Tambyah PA, Hara GL, Daikos GL, Falagas ME, Mazzei T, Mouton JW, Novelli A, Chen B, Wang M, Ko WC, Li T, Fan X, Theuretzbacher U. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 2013 Sep;1(3):117-122
Detection, treatment, and prevention of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: Recommendations from an International Working Group. Levy Hara G, Gould I, Endimiani A, Pardo PR, Daikos G, Hsueh PR, Mehtar S, Petrikkos G, Casellas JM, Daciuk L, Paciel D, Novelli A, Saginur R, Pryluka D, Medina J, Savio E. J Chemother. 2013 Jun;25(3):129-40
“Ten Commandments” for the appropriate use of antibiotics by the practicing physician in an outpatient setting. Levy-Hara G, Amábile-Cuevas CF, Gould I, Hutchinson J, Abbo L, Saxynger L, Vlieghe E, Cardoso FL, Methar S, Kanj S, Ohmagari N, Harbarth S; International Society of Chemotherapy Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group. Front Microbiol. 2011 Nov 24;2:230
Action Agenda for Antimicrobial Resistance in the Western Pacific Region



Last updated: December 18th-2018