In 2017, Semmelweis University, Faculty of General Medicine, Institute of Medical Microbiology obtained right for organizing this event. Numerous scientific sessions will be held in collaboration with national and international partners. The most recent scientific results will be detailed in oral presentations and in posters for professionals, PhD students and for the interested audience.

The title of this year’s Symposium is „New Challenges in Microbiology” where the scientific work of our Institute will be demonstrated in four sessions. The topics will include all the scientific work that have been conducted in our University and in national and international collaborations. The presentations will focus on antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in multidrug resistant bacteria, new strategies in antimicrobial therapy, methods of molecular diagnostics, role of human microbiome in health and in disease, novel viruses that have been      

discovered and their role in different diseases together with their immunmodulatory effect, antiviral therapy and prevention options will be also discussed.

Microbiology belongs undoubtedly to the classic applied sciences. All major scientist of microbiology and related scientific fields – Robert Koch, Louis Pasteur, Endre Hőgyes, Ignácz Semmelweis – more than 150 years ago made milestones  and their discoveries are still valid in medicine. The technical improvements led to comprehensive knowledge of human and microbial genetics and helped the development of microbiology.

However, still nowadays there are lot of challenges in microbiology including pathogen and host interactions. the exploration of microbial genomes, microbial mechanisms against immunreactions and the widespread emergence of multidrug resistant bacteria.

The 26th Semmelweis Symposium this year can foster bacteriology and virology research in our University and strengthen national and international scientific collaborations.

We cordially invite you and your collegaues to the Semmelweis Symposium on the 9th and 10th of November 2017.


Dr. Szabó Dóra
Semmelweis University
Faculty of General Medicine
Institute of Medical Microbiology