Doctors and Pharmacists

Therapy of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Introductory course
  • Laboratory course to microbiology


During the last years, the proportion of resistant microorganisms among bacterial pathogens has significantly increased in nearly all parts of the world. Therefore, treatment of a variety of infections has became more difficult and expensive.

Adequate therapy is necessary to prevent the selection and distribution of resistant pathogens. For this purpose, the potential spectrum of pathogens and the local situation of resistance as well as the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties of the antibiotics being considered for use must be known.

Against this background of increasing numbers of resistant bacteria, this course is tailored for participants wishing to establish or deepen their competence in the antimicrobial therapy. The training aims to impart this knowledge especially against the background of increasing numbers of resistant bacteria.

The participants will learn:

  • about the relationship between pharmacocinetic and pharmacodynamic of antimicrobial agents
  • what mechanisms are responsible for bacterial resistance
  • what factors contribute to the distribution of resistant bacteria
  • what data are available to evaluate the situation of resistance in Germany
  • what consequences for antibiotic therapy arise due to the increase of resistant bacteria


The tutorial course modules are:

  • Basic principles of antibacterial therapy
  • Mode of action of antibiotics
  • Resistance issues
  • New antibiotics


The laboratory course provides the possibility for each participant to get to know the basic methods of identification and susceptibility testing of bacteria in a practical approach.

The laboratory course offers:

  • Basic information and experiments for identification and susceptibility testing of bacteria
  • Basic information and experiments for morphology of bacterial cells and colonies: microscopy, Gram stain, other detection methods