Department of Oncotherapy - Szeged


6725 Szeged, Semmelweis str. 6.
Postal Addresss: 6701 Szeged, P.O.B. 427


+36 62 545 398


+36 62 545 712

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Head of the Institute

Katalin Burián M.D., PH.D., HABIL
Associate Professor

History of the Institute

The Institute of Clinical Microbiology, Albert Szent-Györgyi Clinical Centre, University of Szeged was established in 1976 with the leadership of Professor József Földes. The laboratory provided routine service in the field of clinical microbiology for inpatients and outpatients of the University Hospital. From 1993 to 30 June, 2009 Professor Elisabeth Nagy was the head of the Institute, which became the coordinating centre of the postgraduate specialization in clinical/medical microbiology in Hungary. Between 1 July, 2009 and 13 November, 2012 Judit Deák M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor was the head of the Institute. While since 14 November, 2012 Edit Urbán, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Habil has been the head of the Institute. Various laboratories of the Institute provide high level diagnostic service in bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology and serology using traditional and molecular genetic methods.

The bacteriological department hosts the National Anaerobe Reference Laboratory and the virology department runs the National Reference Laboratory for Chlamydia.

The Institute was the first accredited microbiological routine laboratory in Hungary and in 2008 through the re-accreditation process (according to the requirements of MSZ EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and MSZ EN ISO 15189:2007) altogether 97 clinical microbiological procedures were accreted by the National Accreditation Board of Hungary.

The Institute provides regular courses for undergraduate medical students attending the Hungarian and the English courses of the Medical Faculty about "Tropical Diseases" and "Cases in Clinical Microbiology" and participates with special lectures in courses organized by other Institutes of the same Faculty or other Faculties.

Several PhD students carry out their research under the supervision of the staff members of the Institute. Compulsory and facultative postgraduate courses are organized for students who joined to the residency in clinical/medical microbiology. The Institute also organized several international postgraduate courses supported by the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) (such as the 5th ESCMID Summer School, and the Postgraduate Course on Anaerobes). Recently the Institute was accepted as a Collaborative Centre of ESCMID and supported by the ESCMID "Observership" program will accept visitors from all over Europe.

The research interests of the Institute are the following: role of anaerobic bacteria in different infectious processes, antibiotic resistance of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and their genetic background, investigation of virulence factors of anaerobes, molecular typing of different nosocomial pathogens including C. difficile, biofilm formation of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, evaluation of different molecular techniques to diagnose bacterial (Legionella pneumophila, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Chlamydia pneumoniae) viral (respiratory, and enteral viruses, human papillomavirus and other STIs) and mycotic diseases, evaluation of antimycotic resistance of Candida spp. The results of these research projects are published in pre-reviewed publications (see Publications) and in lectures given in local and international congresses.