The holiday season is upon us; A time to share warm holiday greetings while reflecting upon the many individuals combating a C. difficile infection with the extensive list of wellness draining illnesses worldwide.
We call to mind our loved ones, patients, neighbors, friends, acquaintances and the many individuals who have passed away from a Clostridium difficile infection and/or C. difficile infection involvement while fighting other diagnoses simultaneously.
The all-encompassing nature of chronic illness and its disruption of life and plans can elicit a wide range of emotions. These responses include: stress, grief, anger,fear,depression, and anxiety. Be kind to yourself. Take time for you during the holiday season.
It has been found beneficial to experiment with a variety of ways to manage stress and the many emotions that surface during the holidays season. When you find a technique that relieves the symptoms, try to incorporate it into your daily or weekly routine. Some proven methods include exercising, walking, yoga, listening to music, deep breathing exercise, meditation, cooking, reading, writing in a journal, and spending quality time with family and friends. There is always the option of speaking with a healthcare provider to obtain a mental health professional referral for continued support.
We would like to take this opportunity to say that during the year it has been an honor to stand along-side of the many global patient focused organizations, healthcare professionals, and scientists researching and developing preventative measures, and treatments to combat C. diff. infections with the long list of “superbugs.”
We are truly grateful.
We look forward to releasing new programs in 2019 for patients, families, healthcare professionals. and residents in every community while working towards a shared goal in witnessing a reduction of newly diagnosed C. diff. infections with increasing awareness of Antibiotic-Resistance, Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs, Sepsis, and more.
“None of us can do this alone…..all of us can do this together.”
Thank you for your continued support from all of us at the C Diff Foundation.
We wish you and your family warm holiday greetings with hopes for a
stronger, healthier, and positive New Year.
We are pleased to welcome Linda Jablonski, MS, BSN, RN-BC, to the C Diff Foundation. Linda presides as the Director of Nursing of the C Diff Foundation’s Global Community Education & Outreach Program
Linda Jablonski has been in the Nursing profession for over 22 years. A Graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University and Masters at Kean College of New Jersey. Linda was a Special Education Instructor and Counselor prior to entering Nursing and her Thesis was on Preventing Violence Through Education or PTE. The major component of her thesis was Community Outreach. Linda worked her way through school as a Certified Nurses Aide and Home Health Aid which developed the experience and passion in the Home Care setting. Today Linda is a Director of Nursing for a Home Health agency and works at providing quality care, continued education to staff, and speaking to community groups to provide education in Infection Prevention (C.diff., MRSA & Superbugs) and Antibiotic Resistance Awareness and Stewardship Programs.
Raising global awareness with leading international topic experts have proven to be effective over the years with audiences attending our annual conferences.
The Global C. difficile Congress took place on November 11th, 2016 and broadened existing knowledge surrounding C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, research, and environmental safety worldwide.
The drive and passion takes us forward in promoting the practical and technical advancements taking place across the globe. Healthcare Professionals from every area of expertise, discussed the control and treatment options, the healthcare perspectives, antibiotic-resistance stewardship programs, and much more to raise C. diff. awareness and share successful implementations and guidelines.
This free webinar is available to you and with the ease of learning without having to travel.
The Global C. difficile Congress — eight sessions presented by topic experts – in four hours – in one day – with goals to change the C. difficile world with a common focus; To
improve awareness of C. diff. infection prevention, treatments, research, and environmental safety in the healthcare communities worldwide.
Dr. Paul Feuerstadt; Native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Feuerstadt attended the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, with distinction in research and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Following completion of his undergraduate training, Dr. Feuerstadt attended the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in Manhattan, New York where he earned his Medical Doctor degree and stayed at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell medical center for his internship and residency in Internal Medicine. Following completion of his residency
Dr. Feuerstadt then moved on to the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY for his clinical fellowship training.His areas of interest include ischemic diseases of the gut and chronic diarrheal syndromes with a specific focus on C.diff. infections.Dr. Feuerstadt is affiliated with St. Raphael campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Yale-New Haven Hospital and
Milford Hospital seeing outpatients in his offices in Hamden and Milford, CT Topic: Welcome – Introduction
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. 1:15 – 1:45 Jean de Gunzburg, PhD
Dr. de Gunzburg is Chief Scientific Officer of Da Volterra, an emerging biotechnology company, headquartered in Paris, France. Prior to this, Jean de Gunzburg led an academic research career in molecular and cell biology at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France), the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research (Cambridge, MA, USA) and the Institut Curie (Paris, France). He is the author of over 70 publications in international peer reviewed scientific journals, and continues to serve on several grant review committees. Topic: “DAV132, A Novel Product Destined To Prevent Antibiotic-Induced
Clostridium difficile Infections.”
8:45 – 9:15 1:45 – 2:15 Arjun Srinivasan, MD
Dr. Arjun Srinivasan is the Associate Director for healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention programs in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. Dr. Srinivasan is also a captain in the US Public Health Service. An infectious disease doctor, Dr. Srinivasan oversees several CDC programs aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections and improving antibiotic use. For much of his CDC career, Dr. Srinivasan ran the healthcare outbreak investigation unit, helping hospitals and other healthcare facilities track down bacteria and stop them from infecting other patients. Dr. Srinivasan leads the CDC’s work to improve antibiotic prescribing and works with a team of CDC experts researching new strategies. Topic: “Antibiotic Stewardship- Improving Antibiotic Use to Combat C diff.”
9:15 – 9:45 2:15 – 2:45 Clifford McDonald, MD
Dr. McDonald graduated from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed a medical microbiology fellowship at Duke University and is a former member of CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. Dr. McDonald is currently the Associate Director for Science in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the CDC. He has first authored or co-authored over 100 peer reviewed publications on subjects related to healthcare and infectious disease epidemiology Dr. McDonald joins fellow world-renowned topic experts to discuss the burden of C. difficileinfections with the risk factors pertaining to current and emerging treatment options along with the importance of applying evidence-based clinical approaches to the prevention of a C. difficile infection (CDI), one of the leading community and healthcare-associated infections. Topic: “Challenges and Opportunities Posed by Current Diagnostics
for Clostridium difficile Infection”
Barley Chironda a Nurse, National Healthcare Sales Director and Infection Control Specialist Clorox Canada, Social Media Manager of IPAC Canada, and the current President of IPAC- GTA. Mr. Chironda is certified in Infection prevention and control (CIC) and has worked extensively in Infection Control. He is typically found engaged in motivating hospital staff, patients and the public on proper infection prevention practices. Mr. Chironda’s roles allow great participation in quality improvement interventions related to patient and public safety. Therefore Barley has been an integral to the successful decline in Clostridium difficile infections through implementing innovative technology and quality improvement behavioral change. Topic: “The C.diff.. Disinfection Debate: To Use
Or Not To Use Sporicidal Disinfectants Every-Time In Healthcare Facilities.”
10:15 -10:45 3:15 – 3:45 Dale Gerding, MD
Dr. Dale Gerding, Professor of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in Maywod, Illinois and Research Physician at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Prior to his present position Dr. Gerding was Chief of Medicine at VA Chicago, Lakeside Division, and Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He is an infectious diseases specialist and hospital epidemiologist, past president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and past chair the antibiotic resistance committee of SHEA. He is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and past Chair of the National and Global Public Health Committee and the Antibiotic Resistance Subcommittee of IDSA. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of IDSA from 2005-2008. He is a Master of the American College of Physicians and the 2013 recipient of the William Middleton Award, the highest research award given by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. His research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of Clostridium difficile disease, antimicrobial resistance, and antimicrobial distribution and kinetics. He has been a Merit Review funded research investigator in the VA for over 40 years and is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed journal publications, book chapters, and review articles. He holds patents for the use of non-toxigenic C. difficile for the prevention and treatment of this disease. Topic: “Non-toxigenic Clostridium difficile for Prevention of CDI”
10:45 – 11:15 3:45 – 4:15 Richard Vickers, PhD
Dr. Richard Vickers is the Chief Scientific Officer, Antimicrobials and Programme Lead for CDI,
Summit Therapeutics. He joined Summit in 2003 and during his time has worked in a variety of roles involved in the development and management of various antibacterial therapeutic programs. This includes leading the discovery and development of ridinilazole, the investigational antibiotic for the treatment of C. difficile infection. Prior to joining Summit, Dr Vickers undertook postdoctoral research studies with Professor Stephen Davies at the University of Oxford and held a Stipendiary Lectureship in organic chemistry at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford. Dr Vickers received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Reading and a B.Sc. in chemistry from King’s College London. Topic: “Ridinilazole; A Selective Therapy for the Treatment
of C. difficile Infections (CDI)”
11:15 – 11:45 4:15 – 4:45 Simon Cutting, PhD
Professor Cutting of Molecular Microbiology at Royal Holloway, University of London is a bacterial geneticist with over 25 years of experience with Bacillus since graduating from Oxford University with a D. Phil in 1986. His D.Phil was on understanding the genetic control of spore formation in Bacillus Clostridium difficile.. His other expertise is in the use of Bacillus spores as probiotics and has a number of contracts and consultancies with European and US companies in the food and feed sectors. Topic: “Thwarting the Opportunist: An Anti-adhesion
Vaccine That Prevents C.difficult Colonization.”
11:45 – 12:15 4:45 – 5:15 Hudson Garrett, Jr, PhD
Dr. Garrett is currently employed as the Global Chief Clinical Officer for Pentax Medical. He holds a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, Post-Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Post-Masters Certificate in Infection Prevention and Infection Control and a PhD in Healthcare Administration and Policy. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, and the CDC Fundamentals of Healthcare Epidemiology program, and is board certified in family practice, critical care, vascular access, moderate sedation, infection prevention, legal nurse consulting, and a director of nursing in long term care. Dr. Garrett is also a Fellow in the Academy of National Associations of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care. Topic: “Improving Patient Safety and Reducing Clostridium difficile
through Collaboration with Clinical Nursing and Environmental Services Professionals”
For more information please visit the Global C. difficile Congress