Luca Guardabassi

Luca Guardabassi

Professor with special responsibilities, Professor

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    Luca Guardabassi (LG) is professor with special duties (PMSO) and leader of the research group One Health Antimicrobial Resistance. He is an internationally recognized One Health microbiologist specialized in AMR and antimicrobial therapy with over 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals (H-index 57  on Google Scholar, last accessed in March 2021). LG graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pisa in Italy in 1994, and obtained his PhD in Microbiology from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark in 2000. Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH) since 2005 and the European College of Veterinary Microbiology (ECVM) since 2020. For over 20 years, his research has focused on evolution and epidemiology of multidrug-resistant bacteria of clinical relevance in human and veterinary medicine, including but not limited to VRE, MRSA, MRSP and ESBL-producing Enterobacteriales. Among the highlights, he contributed to a better understanding of the environmental origins of some of the most feared AMR determinants in human medicine, namely glycopeptide resistance operons in Gram-positive bacteria and carbapenemase-encoding genes in Gram-negative bacteria. In recent years, his research has shifted focus towards bacterial response to antimicrobials, antimicrobial drug target discovery, and metagenomics of the intestinal and respiratory tract in domestic animals. He is a pioneer of antimicrobial stewarship in veterinary medicine and participated in numerous national and international working groups for developing guidelines for rational antimicrobial use in animals. As part of his honorary office, he is a member of the executive committee in ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM) since 2015 and chairs the Therapeutic Guidelines Group of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) since 2018.


    Disclosure of interests (March 2021)

    • Since January 2012 I have research collaborations with NAICONS (Italy) as part of three different EU ITN projects: TRAIN-ASAP (2012-2016), CARTNET (2018-2021) and INNOTARGETS (2021-2024).
    • Since May 2020 I am a member of the EFSA Working Group for “Listing and categorisation of transmissible animal diseases caused by bacteria resistant to antimicrobials, in the framework of the Animal Health Law” (AMR AHL, 2020-2021).
    • Since January 2020 I collaborate with Biomin (Austria), Cooperl (France), Klifovet (Germany), Laboratorios Ovejeros (Spain), RTDS (Austria), Schothorst Feed Research (Netherlands) and SEGES (Denmark) as a coordinator of the EU Innovation Action project AVANT (2020-2024).
    • Since January 2018 I chair the Therapeutic Guidelines Group of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA)
    • Since 2015 I am a member of the Executive Committee of the ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM) of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.
    • In November 2019 I contributed to a seminar on AMR in small animals sponsored by Dechra (UK).
    • In October 2019 I contributed to a course funded by the EU project "Better Food For Safer Food (BTSF) awarded to AENOR (Spain) for organising training activities on prevention and control of AMR.
    • In February 2019 I chaired and lectured in the event ”Antibiotics in Focus” sponsored by CEVA ANIMAL HEALTH (Sweden) and ANICURA (Denmark).
    • In January 2019 I lectured in a One Health course sponsored by VINORDIC (Denmark).
    • In August-October 2018 I worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Tripartite (WHO/FAO/OIE) Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Global Action Plan on AMR.
    • In 2015 and 2018 I participated in two events sponsored by CEVA ANIMAL HEALTH (France) to publish the book “Guidance for the rational use of antimicrobials” (GRAM).
    • In 2012-2016 I collaborated with Pfizer Animal Health/Zoetis (USA) as part of the EU ITN project TRAIN-ASAP and the research center UC-Care.
    • In 2011-2016 I collaborated with Da Volterra (France) as part of the EU collaborative project EVOTAR and the EU ITN project TRAIN-ASAP.

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