Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Herman Goossens

Herman Goossens was born in 1957. He graduated as a Medical Doctor (1982) and Clinical Microbiologist (1988), and received his Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology (1990) from the Free University of Brussels. He received research fellowships of theUniversityofGeneva(1985-86), theUniversityofTokyo(1987), and theUniversityofUtrecht(1988). He is a professor of Medical Microbiology at theUniversityofAntwerpin Belgium since 1992 and founded the research Laboratory of Medical Microbiology at the University of Antwerp in 1994. He is the director of the Laboratory of Clinical Pathology of the University Hospital Antwerp since 1998. He was also a professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands between 2000 and 2008. Herman Goossens received several honours and awards, including the American APUA (Alliancefor the Prudent Use of Antibiotics) award in 2006. He was a Fellow of the British Council in 1987 and 1988. Herman Goossens published more than 400 full papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and he published more than 25 chapters in textbooks. He is the founder and Vice-Chair of the Belgian Antibiotic Policy Co-ordination Committee (BAPCOC) and he founded the network of Belgian Centres for Molecular Diagnostics (CMD), both by Royal Decree. He chaired the WHO Conference on the Use of Quinolones in Food Animals and Potential Impact on Human Health inGeneva(1998). Herman Goossens was a member of the ICAAC Program Committee (2001 – 2005) and of the ECCMID Programme Committee (2005 – 2008). He coordinates several European projects funded by DG Research, DG SANCO, IMI and ECDC, such as the European Surveillance of Antibiotic Consumption (ESAC) project, Genomics to Combat Resistance against Antibiotics in Community-acquired LRTI in Europe (GRACE) and Development of RApid Point-of-care test Platforms for Infectious Diseases (RAPP-ID). Herman Goossens was the organiser of the European Conference on Antibiotic Use in 2001 on behalf of the Belgian EU Presidency, of the International Workshop on Educational Campaigns regarding antibiotic resistance in 2004, of the European Workshop on indicators for quality prescribing in primary care in 2005, and of the European Conference on Health Care Associated Infections and Antibiotic Use in 2010 on behalf of the Belgian EU Presidency. He is a member of the WHO Advisory Group on Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance (WHO-AGISAR). He is the initiator of the annual European Antibiotic Resistance Day (EAAD) and chairs the Technical Advisory Committee at ECDC for EAAD. Herman Goossens was elected chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance. His is/was member of the editorial board of several journals, including Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Lancet Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology & Infection and Eurosurveillance. Herman Goossens received the Methusalem award of the Flemish government in 2008 for a period of 7 years. His main fields of research are antibiotic use and resistance, respiratory tract infections (mainly VAP), developing rapid and point-of-care diagnostic tests, and biofilms. With his translational research, he seeks to enhance the standard of healthcare quality, public health and professional standards for the good of the public in large. He is a popular resource person and opinion leader, much sought after by local and international media for views on matters related to public health and infectious diseases.