Microbiology, Immunology and Infection

Basic researchers and medical specialists are integrated to meet the common general objective of translational research in microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases. An omics approach is applied to the studies of microbial system models in order to optimize the diagnostic, therapeutic, prognostic and preventive approaches of infectious diseases. All this combined aims to improve the surveillance of health problems in the field of infection and also disease prevention.

Leaders

  • Dr. Rafael Cantón Moreno

    Dr. Rafael Cantón Moreno

    RAFAEL CANTÓN is the Head of the Clinical Microbiology Department at the University Hospital Ramón y Cajal (Madrid, Spain) and is an associate Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the School of Pharmacy at the Complutense University (Madrid, Spain). His research activity is based within the Spanish Network for Research in Infectious Diseases (REIPI) and the Institute Ramón y Cajal for Health Research (IRYCIS) in which he coordinates the Microbiology, Immunology and Infection Area.

    His clinical and research work is focused on antimicrobial susceptibility testing, mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and the interplay with the dispersion of high-risk clones, and respiratory tract infections (mainly in cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis patients). He has published more than 450 articles in medical journals, 55 chapters in teaching books and had several communications in international meeting and congresses. His H factor is 64 with more than 16,800 citations (February, 2019).

    He is currently Clinical Data Coordinator of the European Committee for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST), member of the Spanish Antimicrobial Committee (COESANT) and Advisor Board of the Joint Programme Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance (JPIAMR) from the European Union and member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Biomedical Research Institute of Valdecilla (IDIVAL) and Palma de Mallorca (IDISPA). He is also an active member of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) and Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC). He was the Scientific Secretary of Spanish Working group for Normalization of Antimicrobial Susceptibility and Resistance (MENSURA, 1990-2007), Founder President of the Study Group of Mechanisms of Action and Resistance of Antimicrobials (GEMARA) from SEIMC (2000-2005), Vice-president of the National Commission of the Speciality of Microbiology and Parasitology (2007-2014), President of the Madrilenian Society of Microbiology (SMMC) (2009-2012), Ad hoc member of the Executive Committee of ESCMID (2012-2016), Chairman of European Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) (2012-2016), President of SEIMC (2016-2017), Associated Editor of Clinical Microbiology and Infection journal during eight years and member of the editorial board of Journal Clinical Microbiology during ten years. Currently he is member of the editorial board of Microbial Drug Resistant, Drug Resistance Updates, Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clinica and Revista Española de Qimioterapia journals. He is the editor of the Clinical Microbiology Procedures of the SEIMC. 

     

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    Dr. Rafael Cantón Moreno

    Head of Microbiology Service

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  • Dr. Santiago Moreno Guillén

    Dr. Santiago Moreno Guillén

    DR. SANTIAGO MORENO is the Head of the Infectious Diseases Department at the Ramón y Cajal Hospital, in Madrid and is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Alcalá. 

     

    Dr. Moreno graduated in Medicine at the Medical School of the University of Murcia, in 1982 and obtained his PhD at the same University in 1990. He completed his residency in Infectious Diseases at the Infectious Diseases Department of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, in 1987. In 1990, he completed his training at the AIDS Clinical Research Center of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). 

     

    Since he specialized in Infectious Diseases, Dr. Moreno has worked as a staff physician at the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, Madrid (1987-1995), at Morales Meseguer Hospital, Murcia (1995-1999) and as Head of Department at the Ramón y Cajal Hospital, Madrid (1999 to the present). He was Associate Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid and at the University of Alcalá de Henares, and Professor of the Department of Medicine of the University of Alcalá de Henares.

     

    Dr. Moreno's clinical and research activity has been largely oriented towards HIV infection in the last 20 years. He has been involved with HIV-infected patients since the very beginning of the AIDS epidemic in Spain. He collaborates with the Spanish Ministry of Health in setting recommendations related to HIV infection/AIDS, including antiretroviral therapy, resistance testing and treatment and prophylaxis of opportunistic infections. He is also the Founding President of VIHDA, an NGO developing a program of integral care for HIV infected patients in Maragua, Kenya.

     

    Dr Moreno has an important scientific activity. He was the President of the Spanish Society for Infectious Disease and Clinical Microbiology, and the Founding President of the Study Group for AIDS in Spain. He has been a speaker in national and international conferences and is included in the editorial board of several national and international journals. He co-chaired the Conference of the European AIDS Clinical Society that was held in Madrid in 2007. Dr Moreno is the author of more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has a particular interest in antiretroviral therapy, HIV-related tuberculosis and other comorbidities, and for the last decade, in HIV cure/eradication.

     

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    Dr. Santiago Moreno Guillén

    Head of Infectious Diseases Service

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