(Vienna/Moscow, 06 December 2017) Ojan Assadian from MedUni Vienna's Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control is the first Austrian to have been awarded the Medal of Honour by the Russian Society of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Parasitology.
Ojan Assadian was awarded the Medal of Honour at the 95th annual meeting of the traditional Russian Society of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Parasitology for his achievements in the field of hygiene and infection control. This makes Assadian the first Austrian to receive this great honour from the Russian Federation. The Medal of Honour of the Russian Society of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Parasitology is the highest distinction to be bestowed upon citizens of Russia and other countries since 1930, to mark major contributions to the Society's activities or to the recognition of public health. The Executive Committee awarded Assadian the medal for his achievements in the field of research into antiseptics, namely that he extended the use of antimicrobial agents beyond prevention of infection to include therapeutic use, thus helping to prevent bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
About Ojan Assadian
Ojan Assadian is a specialist in hygiene and microbiology with an additional specialism in infectionology and tropical medicine and, after returning from England in 2017, has been working at the Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at MedUni Vienna/Vienna General Hospital. His interests centre around the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with particular emphasis on epidemiology and prevention of nosocomial infections, as well as the treatment and prevention of wound infections.
He serves as an assessor and co-publisher of international medical journals, is publisher and author of several specialist books in the field of hygiene and infectionology and has authored more than 200 internationally published scientific articles (h-index 35). In addition to numerous national and international roles, Ojan Assadian is President of the Austrian Society of Hospital Hygiene (ÖGKH).