SEIFEM (Epidemiological Surveillance of Infections in Hematological Diseases) is a non-profit group consisting essentially of Italian Hematologists.
Since its creation (2004), the SEIFEM has progressively grown passing from 17 centers that paticipated to the first study to the current 45 centers, that also include pediatric hematology Departments.
The group also benefits from the valuable contribution of colleagues microbiologists, infectologists, pharmacologists and immunologists who are now fully integrated into our community and share the main purpose of SEIFEM, which is to improve the knowledge of infectious problems in patients with acute and chronic leukemia , lymphomas, myeloma, and patients undergoing stem cell transplantation.
“We improve the knowledge of infectious problems in patients with acute and chronic leukemia, lymphomas, myeloma, and patients undergoing stem cell transplantation.”
Prof. Livio Pagano
Over the years, studies have been carried out on the epidemiology of fungal, bacterial and viral infections. These studies both retrospective and prospective whose main objective is to provide, on large series of patients, answers to the scientific world about the incidence and treatment of infectious complications in the hematological malignancy patients. We were also performed post-marketing studies of anti-infective drugs in order to confirm in “real life” results obtained in pivotal trials. The SEIFEM, to have a full scientific and academic autonomy, has never engaged in studies sponsored by Pharmaceutical Industry, however, it has remained appreciably to our side. The working group is open to all Italian and foreign centers who make a request for participation in our work. All studies comply with the Good Clinical Practice criteria and are always performed only after the approval of the Ethics Committees.
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SEIFEM is a non-profit group essentially made up of Italian hematologists.
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