The 8th Thesinge biofilm meeting on biomaterial-associated infections. How to kill a biofilm.

 okt 16, 2019

The 8th Thesinge biofilm meeting

on biomaterial-associated infections

How to kill a biofilm, ….. and know it’s dead?



When?      August 31-September 1, 2020


Where?     Thesinge, a picturesque rural village,

9 km north of the city of Groningen, The 



Hosted by the rural village community of Thesinge, the Thesinge biofilm meetings have provided a unique scientific forum for a small, select group of maximally 100 people active in the field, collected for two days "away from it all" to focus formally and informally on infectious biofilms, with emphasis on biofilms on biomaterials implants, medical devices and oral surfaces.

Thesinge biofilm meetings seek to provide open, provocative discourse to stimulate thinking and creative approaches in a friendly, family-style atmosphere. There are no proceedings, only a program book, and active exchange.



Biofilms cause approximately 65% of all human bacterial infections and threaten to become the leading cause of death by the year 2050. Infectious biofilms are especially troublesome when adhered on the surfaces of oral surfaces, biomaterial implants and devices. During the meeting, all aspects of mechanisms of biofilm formation, their prevention and materials aspects will be discussed from a multidisciplinary perspective without any boundaries. The theme this year centers around the question of how to kill bacteria in a biofilm-mode of growth from biofilm-top to bottom in order to prevent infection recurrence. Moreover, the troubling challenge on how best to establish bacterial death will be addressed. Should we make better use of existing antibiotics, or develop more coatings or rely more nanotechnology? Will anything translate clinically? Or must we turn to a more desperate, audacious practices with animal pre-clinical and human clinical studies, avoiding more and more stringent regulations, as did past giants of biomedical engineering, like WJ Kolff pioneering replacement of natural body parts with implanted machines. 





Michel Koo, Penn State University, Philadelphia, USA

Novel antimicrobial approaches.


Yuri Diaz-Fernandez, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, Great Britain

Mechanisms of bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation.


Robin Patel, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Biofilm-associated infections in modern clinical practice.  





On behalf of the 8th Thesinge organizing committee: 


Henny van der Mei

David Grainger

Henk Busscher


Geplaatst door jan

The 8th Thesinge biofilm meeting on biomaterial-associated infections.  How to kill a biofilm.