PANEL OF EUROPEAN SCIENTISTS AUTHORS OF THE CONSENSUS STATEMENT ON HYGIENIC HAND DRYING

The Consensus statement on hygienic hand drying was authored by Professor Silvio Brusaferro (Italy), Dr. Ralf Käemmerer (Germany), Professor Bertil Kaijser (Sweden), Keith Redway (the United Kingdom), Professor Marc Van Ranst (Belgium), and Professor Mark Wilcox (the United Kingdom).

Professor Silvio Brusaferro, MD, is Professor of Public Health and Director of the post graduate school of Public Health at the University of Udine.  Currently he is head of the risk management, accreditation and performance evaluation unit of Udine University hospital.  He is engaged in infection control and patient safety activities at national and European level and works with public institutions and scientific and professional societies.

Professor Bertil Kaijser, MD, Ph.D., is a Professor and Senior Consultant of Clinical Bacteriology at the Sahlgrens University Hospital.  His main areas of research are Campylobacter causing foodborne infections, EHEC/VTEC/Enterohaemorrhagic E. coli causing foodborne infection, and microbiological diagnosis of Borrelia infections.  He has published more than 200 papers in these areas of research in international journals.  He has 35 years of experience of teaching in clinical microbiology, clinical immunology, and hospital infections.

Dr. Ralf Kämmerer, senior expert since 2000 at TÜV Rheinland based in Cologne, Germany.  Key-qualifications in the field of hygienics such as drinking-water quality, hospital and occupational hygiene and ventilation and air conditioning systems.  Additional activities with the VDI (Verband Deutscher Ingenieure) since 2000 with respect to prevent disease outbreaks in drinking water installations and ventilation and air conditioning systems.  He was formerly associated with academic institutions like the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Balboa in Panama and the University of Arizona, USA, working mainly on the evolution of plants and algae.

Keith Redway is a Emeritus Fellow, in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Westminster, London.  For over 15 years he and colleagues have carried out various different studies on hand drying methods and other aspects of domestic and industrial hygiene, microbial survival, and transfer of contamination.

Professor Marc Van Ranst, teaches virology, epidemiology, and bioinformatics at the University of Leuven in Belgium.  He is Chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Director of the Clinical and Epidemiological Virology Unit at the Rega Institute for Medical Research.  At the University Hospitals Leuven, he is currently associate chief of the department of laboratory medicine, and heads the clinical virology laboratory.  He is also the Director of the AIDS reference laboratory and of several national reference laboratories.  Professor Van Ranst was appointed in 1999 to the Belgian high council for public health, where he heads the vaccination department.

Professor Mark Wilcox, MD, is a Consultant Microbiologist, Head of Microbiology and Academic Lead of Pathology at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LTHT), Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds (Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine), and is the Lead on Clostridium difficile for Public Health England (PHE).  He has formerly been the Director of Infection Prevention (4 years), Infection Control Doctor (8 years) and Clinical Director of Pathology (6 years) at LTHT.