SAFE is an international project involving partners across South European Countries (Italy, Portugal and Spain). The involved countries present one of the biggest challenges on increasing awareness related to Antimicrobial Resistance among the general population. As demonstrated in the last European survey published in 2018 a knowledge gap is still present mostly in South Europe countries but little is done at educational level to mitigate this problem.
SAFE involves academical partners (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Universitat de Barcelona, Universidade do Porto, Instituto de Desarrollo Profesional, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Escola Universitária Vasco da Gama), research partners (ISGlobal), private enterprises (Roche Diagnostics SL) and public administrations (Institut Català de la Salut), as well as national microbiology networks (Sociedad Española de Microbiología), covering Italy, Portugal and Spain, South European countries with high incidence of infections caused by resistant bacteria and lowest knowledge on this topic.
ISGlobal (Barcelona Institute for Global Health)
The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between “la Caixa”, academic institutions and government bodies to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health.
ISGlobal is a consolidated hub of excellence in research that has grown out of work first started in the world of health care by the Hospital Clínic and the Parc de Salut MAR and in the academic sphere by the University of Barcelona and Pompeu Fabra University. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research to practice, a task undertaken by the institute’s Education and Policy and Global Development departments.
Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.
Universitat de Barcelona – Facultat de Farmàcia i Ciències de l’Alimentació
The University of Barcelona (UB) is a public university located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain. UB is the principal centre of university research in Spain and has become a European benchmark for research activity, both in terms of the number of research programs it conducts and the excellence these have achieved.
Closely linked to the history of Barcelona and Catalonia, the UB combines the values of tradition with the fact of being an innovative institution of excellence in the teaching field. It is an urban, open, cosmopolitan university like the city of Barcelona itself.
Otherwise, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences of the University of Barcelona is the only public university center in Catalonia where the degree in pharmacy is taught. It also teaches human nutrition and dietetics, and food science and technology. The faculty has as its identifying logo the door of Gaudí that corresponds to the door of the old Güell property.
Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.
Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management.
Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims to improve patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. More than thirty medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Moreover, for the eleventh consecutive year, Roche has been recognised as one of the most sustainable companies in the Pharmaceuticals Industry by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).
The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2019 employed about 98,000 people worldwide. In 2019, Roche invested CHF 11.7 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 61.5 billion.
Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – Dipartimento di Medicina Molecolare e Biotecnologie mediche
The Department of Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnology (DMMBM) was established in January 2013 to implement the new organizational structure of the University of Naples Federico II. The facilities for research and teaching of the DMMBM are mostly located within the campus of the Medical School. The DMMBM carries out research activities in the following fields: structure and function of biological molecules and their involvement in the pathogenesis of human diseases, development of innovative biotechnological approaches for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
Teachers and researchers of the DMMBM contribute to the pre- and post- graduate teaching and training in Medicine and in Medical Biotechnology, through the organization of Bachelors, Masters, Specialization and PhD Courses. To carry out research and teaching activities, scientists and teachers of the DMMBM also contribute to the activity welfare of the University Hospital Federico II, in particular via the Departments of Integrated Activities (DAI) such as the Departments of Laboratory and Transfusional Medicine.
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is one of the largest and oldest Universities in the world. It shares a Campus of Excellence with the Polytechnic University, conforming one of the most important academic and research hubs in Spain.
It is located on a sprawling campus that occupies the entirety of the Ciudad Universitaria district of Madrid, with annexes in the district of Somosaguas in the neighboring city of Pozuelo de Alarcón. It is named after the ancient Roman settlement of Complutum, now an archeological site in Alcalá de Henares, east of Madrid.
In recent years, the roster of alumni comprises recipients of the Nobel Prize (7), Prince of Asturias Awards (18), Miguel de Cervantes Prize (7), as well as European Commissioners, Presidents of the EU Parliament, European Council Secretary General, ECB Executive Board members, NATO Secretary General, UNESCO Director General, IMF Managing Director, and Heads of State.
University of Coimbra
University of Coimbra was founded in 1290 and constitutes a reference in higher education and scientific research in Portugal, with excellent academic reputation recognized worldwide. It includes 8 Faculties and 40 research centres, providing teaching and conducting research in almost all study fields – Exact Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences, Architecture, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities and Sports, as well as several structures devoted to promote science and technology, culture and sports. The offer in technological research makes UC an undeniable reference in R&D in Portugal, which highlights the excellence of work developed by the R&D units of UC, considered in 2019 the most prolific Portuguese university in terms of submitted patents and cumulatively, more than 50% of 160+ patents and patent pending portfolio is already licensed to companies for commercialization purposes. UC stands out as the most entrepreneurial academy with many spin offs generated in healthcare or ICT applied to healthcare mainly based on R&D developed on its academy.
Moreover, amongst the many international collaborations that could be mentioned related with healthy ageing, a special mention has to be done to EITHealth. UC as the unique Portuguese Core Partner of this 140+ consortia has consistently been developing a diverse number of (educational, accelerator, innovation) projects partnering the most prestigious companies, hospitals and academies in Europe addressing healthy ageing and has been the most active region within the developing countries in the consortia, both in number as budget wise of annually projects. UC is the coordinator of the first Reference Site on Active and Healthy Ageing in Portugal.
University School Vasco da Gama (EUVG)
University School Vasco da Gama (EUVG) is a private university located in the city of Coimbra, Portugal, distinguished by being the only university in the central region of Portugal, where both the master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and bachelor’s degree in Biovetererinary Sciences are taught.
EUVG’s logo is closely related to the age of Portuguese discoveries and the remarkable explorer Vasco da Gama, which greatly represents the seek for the unknown through the development and satisfaction of an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. EUVG’s mission is promoting innovation, internationalization and communication, transfer of knowledge and education in science, which is the rationale behind EUVG’s motto «Mundo, Mundos Novos Dare».
EUVG has the only R&D veterinary unit – Centro de Investigação Vasco da Gama (CIVG) – in the central region of Portugal.
EUVG has a close engagement both with local communities and society in general, as aiming to address long-term societal challenges, namely in the antimicrobial resistance field as part of the citizen project MicroMundo, a partner of Tiny Earth.
Institut de Desenvolupament Professional (IDP-ICE)
The Institute of Educational Sciences of the University of Barcelona, now Institute of Professional Development (IDP-ICE), was founded in 1969 to support the intellectual and cultural development of all those involved in the educational field.
Its main goals are to offer both face-to-face and online training to professors and teachers of all educational levels, as well as educational and research advice, in order to improve the performance of all those involved in the teaching-learning process.
Face-to-face training has been one of the institute’s main activities since its foundation, and online training was incorporated in 2004 when its online courses program for teachers began. This means more than 50 years of experience in face-to-face training and more than 15 years of experience in online training.
The IDP-ICE works together with all the faculties and other units of the University of Barcelona. And also coordinates its activities with other public and private institutions through collaboration agreements.
Among other activities, the various sections that are part of the IDP-ICE are responsible for:
– Analyze the training needs of professors and teachers, and design training programs appropriate to those needs.
– Promote innovation in education.
– Promote, advise, direct and coordinate research in all areas of the institute’s activity, especially educational research.
– Develop protocols for evaluation, publication and dissemination of good practices.
– Develop teaching materials in various formats.
University of Porto
The Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto (FFUP) is the oldest Faculty of Pharmacy in Portugal. It was created in 1921 and continued the traditions of the School of Pharmacy, which was created in 1836. FFUP is a higher education institution focused on teaching and research in the area of Pharmaceutical Sciences. In addition to the transmission of scientific knowledge and skills, FFUP has a continuous concern with the human and ethical domains, training professionals of excellence in the different areas of Pharmaceutical Sciences. The training courses offered by FFUP are constantly updated, aiming the rigour and quality of teaching, as well as its adaptation to the demands and needs of the labour market. The FFUP offers diversified courses, including the Integrated Master degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, seven second cycles of studies and seven third cycles of studies, some of them in collaboration with other institutions. It also promotes pedagogical, scientific and technical exchanges with national and international institutions, and develops extracurricular and professional training sessions. FFUP is also aware of its social responsibilities, providing public services that consolidate its active role among the local society. FFUP is extremely active and productive and occupies a top place in the ranking of University of Porto as far as the publication of papers indexed in prestigious international scientific journals are concerned. All the academics are integrated in Research Units classified by FCT either as very good, or excellent.