Clinical Microbiology

Anette Holm, Consultant, MD, PhD

Head of department 

+45 65 41 47 94

anette.holm@rsyd.dk

Hans Jørn Kolmos, Consultant, MD, DMSc R

Professor

+45 6541 4795

hans.joern.kolmos@rsyd.dk

Thøger Gorm Jensen, MD, PhD

Consultant

+45 65 41 47 81

t.g.jensen@rsyd.dk

Michael Kemp, Consultant, MD, DMSc

Head of research

+45 65 41 31 61

michael.kemp@rsyd.dk

Flemming Schønning Rosenvinge, MD

Consultant

+45 65 41 57 48

flemming.rosenvinge@rsyd.dk

Marianne N. Skov, DVM, PhD, MPQM

Lead Molecular Biologist

+45 65 41 39 24

marianne.skov@rsyd.dk

Thomas Emil Andersen, PhD Msc

Senior researcher

+45 21 26 16 34

thandersen@health.sdu.dk

Ulrik Stenz Justesen, MD, associate professor, DMSc

Consultant

+45 65 41 57 49

ulrik.stenz.justesen@rsyd.dk

Pia Steinicke

Chief Biomedical Laboratory Scientist

+ 45 65 41 47 84

pia.steinicke@rsyd.dk

Core Tasks

The Department of Clinical Microbiology is a cross-disciplinary, clinical laboratory department at Odense University Hospital (OUH) which serves hospital departments at OUH (Odense University Hospital and Svendborg Hospital) as well as the primary health care sector with microbiological diagnostics and counselling, including infection control and hospital hygiene.

 

Main tasks of the Department:

 

  • to handle regional and highly specialised functions within clinical microbiology.

  • to diagnose infectious diseases on the basis of sample material from patients. For this purpose the Department uses microscopy, cultivation, mass spectrometry, PCR, DNA sequencing, antigen detection and serological examination for antibodies targeted at a number of micro-organisms.

  • to carry out resistance testing on isolated bacteria and fungi.

  • to offer clinical advice to departments and primary health care regarding diagnostics, prophylaxis and treatment of infectious diseases. The department is staffed with laboratory technicians until 9pm and has a physician on call day and night.

  • to carry out statutory registration, reporting and monitoring of infectious diseases.

  • to host the OUH organisation of infection control and hospital hygiene and thereby manage all aspects of infection control at OUH and in primary municipalities which have entered into health agreements with OUH on infection control.

  • to host the regional MRSA coordinating unit.

  • to contribute to rational consumption of antibiotics at hospital departments and in general practice.

  • to participate in basic training of laboratory technicians, in medical specialist training in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases and in specialist training for infection control nurses.

  • to conduct research within selected areas of the departments fields of interest.

Key Figures

 

The Department carries out about 400,000 annual analyses of patient samples. This production has been increasing in recent years by about 10% annually. We have more than 7,000 registered medical consultations per year.

 

Research Areas

Infection control and monitoring of infections

 

  • Registration of infections, including hospital-acquired infections

  • Infections associated with medical devices, including microbial adhesion

  • Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA

  • Danish Observational Registry of Infectious Syndromes (DORIS)

  • Food-borne infections

  • Typing of bacteria

 

Antibiotic-resistance and treatment of infections

 

  • Antimicrobial activity of non-antibiotics

  • Antibiotic-resistance in clinically important microorganisms, including resistance mechanisms

  • Audit as a tool to rational use of antibiotics

 

Infection pathogenesis and diagnostics

 

  • Atherosclerosis as an infection/inflammatory disease

  • Recurrent urinary tract infection: the role of intracellular bacteria

  • Emerging infectious diseases

  • Vector-borne infections

  • Zoonotic infections

  • Faster and more precise characterization of microorganisms

  • Bacteria and fungi identified by mass spectrometry

  • Detection and characterisation of bacteria, fungi and virus by PCR and DNA sequencing, including whole genome sequencing.

 

 

Link to the Department's pages on the University of Southern Denmark website