Project Description

The PILGRIM project is to provide a range of novel control measures for the accelerated identification and control of emerging resistant bacteria. In order to achieve this they will undertake epidemiological and physiological studies. The PILGRIM research will facilitate rapid and cost-effective measures to combat emerging resistant strains in order to prevent and eradicate community and nosocomial infections for better protection of citizens and patients in Europe and beyond.


In order to progress beyond state of the art in the field of nosocomial infection control, PILGRIM proposes an integrated approach using an animal-adapted strain, i.e. MRSA ST398, which requires immediate intervention due to its rapid spread and impact on public health. PILGRIMs work will provide new control measures taking into account new evidence on factors impacting on transmission, colonisation, host range and virulence of resistant nosocomial strains.
The concept of the PILGRIM research is based on five elements/approaches which are essential in order to achieve timely application of measures and effective prevention.

PILGRIM project factsheet




Project Details

The Royal Veterinary College, UK / Safoso AG, CH
accelopment AG, CH
Universitair Medisch Centrum St Radboud, NL
University of Copenhagen, DK
Université libre de Bruxelles, BE
Erasmus University Medical Center, NL
St George's Hospital Medical School, UK
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, NL
Statens Serum Institut, DK
Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, CZ
Centrum voor Onderzoek in de Diergeneeskunden en Agrochemie, BE
Prof Katharina Stärk
01.01.2009 – 31.12.2011
3.7 million euro
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  • FP7-Health
Animal Health


Prof Katharina Stärk, The Royal Veterinary College London, UK / Safoso AG, CH

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Prof Katharina Stärk, The Royal Veterinary College London, UK / Safoso AG, CH