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Gaëtan Gavazzi, M.D., Ph.D. - International Federation on Ageing. Bernin, , FR

Gaëtan Gavazzi, M.D., Ph.D. Gaëtan Gavazzi, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor | Université Grenoble-Alpes

Bernin, FRANCE

Prof. Gavazzi specializes in Geriatrics, Internal Medicine and Healthy Ageing.






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Dr Gavazzi accomplished his medical school in Nantes (France) (1985-91) and moved to Grenoble (France) to be graduated in Internal Medicine (1998), and Geriatric and Infectiology (2000 and 2004). Its first postgraduate position was in Grenoble in Internal and Geriatric Medicine (1998-2000). He moved to Geneva University Hospital (2000-2005) where he developed infectiology in Geriatric medicine at the Geriatric department; he also developed it’s basic research background with a PhD thesis regarding the role NOX enzymes producing reactive oxygen species in age-related diseases in animal models. He came back to Grenoble in 2005 to take an assistant-professor position. From September 2011, he is Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University Hospital of Grenoble-Alpes. The main topics of interest, in clinical research are still “Infection in older population”, and ageing through the “frailty syndrome”. More recently, he coordinates oncogeriatric team and, orthogeriatric and pharmacogeriatric projects at University of Grenoble-Alpes Hospital. From 2005 he joined more than 40 scientific expert groups of interest in France and in Europe and is the co- coordinator of the French National Infectiology and Geriatric Group (GInGer) and the European Study Group of Infection and vaccine SIG in Elderly of EUGMS and still member of both European Vaccine Study Group (ESVAG) and “infection in elderly groups (ESGIE) of ESCMID. He is regularly involved in expert groups (WHO, European institution such as ECDC).

He published more than 120 peer reviewed papers and participate near to 500 communications at national and international levels. He is also involved in education and training at Medical school of University of Grenoble-Alpes, and is the President of the National Association of Professors of Geriatric; he keeps healthcare activities as responsible for acute care and rehabilitation for older population wards, and as coordinator of local and regional of Oncogeriatric units.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Medical School Teaching

Infections in the Elderly

Prevention of Infection in Nursing Homes

Prevention of Cross Transmission of Infection

Ageing Vaccine Research

Frailty and Healthy Ageing

Education (6)

Université J. Fourier Grenoble: Habilitration a diriger le recherche 2008

Université J. Fourier Grenoble: Ph.D. Thesis 2006

Université Nantes: Medical School

Université J. Fourier Grenoble: Doctorat, Médecine 1998

Université J. Fourier Grenoble: Maîtrise de Sciences Biologique, Médicale C2: Physiologie générale 1997

Université J. Fourier Grenoble: Maîtrise de Sciences Biologique, Médicale C1 Méthodes en recherche clinique et épidémiologique 1996

Affiliations (7)

  • Membre du groupe Biomarker - 2019 to present
  • Member of the European Study Vaccine in Adult Group for European Society For Clinical microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) - 2017 to present
  • Leader du SIG infectious disease in elderly (European Geriatric Medicine Society) - 2015 to present
  • Leader of the working group (task and finnish group) on vaccine for the European Union Of Geriatric Medicine Society - 2014 to 2015
  • Full Member of European Society For Clinical microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) - 2013 to present
  • Membre conseil scientifique de la Société Française de Gériatrie et Gérontologie - 2013 to present
  • Member of the European Study Group for Infection in Elderly of European Society For Clinical microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) - 2012 to present

Media Appearances (5)

Des centaines de praticiens hospitaliers s'alarment du plan Santé

Libération  online


Finalement le plan ne précise pas les indicateurs sur lequel il devra être jugé : nombre de passage annuel aux urgences, délai pour trouver un lit disponible dans un service correspondant aux besoins des patients admis à l’hôpital en urgence, diminution des actes et des prescriptions injustifiés, taux d’absence du personnel soignant et taux de non-remplacement des personnels, amélioration de la qualité de vie au travail des soignants et satisfaction des patients.

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Le vieillissement n’est pas une maladie

Le Dauphiné  online


Pr. Gaétan Gavazzi Professeur en gériatrie au CHU Grenoble Alpes, président du collège national des enseignants de gériatrie.

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Nous, médecins hospitaliers et cadres de santé…

Libération  online


A l’appel des professeurs André Grimaldi, Jean-Paul Vernant et de la docteure Anne Gervais, ils sont mille à alerter sur la crise de l’hôpital.

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Comment la grippe entre dans les maisons de retraite

Le Figaro  online


La grippe est une maladie fréquente et qui tue énormément, insiste aussi le Pr Gaëtan Gavazzi, professeur de gériatrie au CHU de Grenoble, c’est pourquoi la vaccination à titre collectif est très importante.

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Quels vaccins après 65 ans?

Destination Sante  online


Plus nous avançons en âge, plus notre organisme devient sensible aux infections. D’où l’importance du rendez-vous vaccinal à partir de 65 ans. Le Pr Gaëtan Gavazzi, gériatre au CHU de Grenoble, nous explique quelles sont les maladies contre lesquelles les seniors doivent se protéger.

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Event Appearances (5)

Burden of Flu in Older Populations

European Flu Summit, VAxExcel - 2019  Paris, France

MOOC on Vaccine Preventable Diseases

International Federation of Ageing Meeting - 2019  Lyon, France

Microbiota and Infection

XV EUGMS - 2019  Krakow, Poland

Vaccination in the Elderly

ESGIE Educational Workshop - 2019  Rome, Italy

Influenza Burden in Older Populations; What do we know?

XXIXth ECCMID - 2019  Amsterdam, Netherlands

Featured Articles (5)

Pharmacy-based interventions to increase vaccine uptake: report of a multidisciplinary stakeholders meeting

BMC Public Health

2019 Despite the existence of efficacious vaccines, the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases remains high and the potential health benefits of paediatric, adolescent and adult vaccination are not being achieved due to suboptimal vaccine coverage rates.

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ATOUM 6: does a multimodal intervention involving nurses reduce the use of antibiotics in French nursing homes?: A protocol for a cluster randomized study

Medicine (Baltimore)

2019 Urinary tract infection (UTI) is common in elderly living in nursing homes, and antibiotics prescription for this infection is particularly challenging. In these facilities, due to the absence of on-site physicians, nurses play an essential role when an infection is suspected, as they are the ones who collect and communicate by phone all the information needed by the physician for the decision-making process.

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Antimicrobial consumption and impact of Antimicrobial Stewardship programmes in long-term care facilities

Clin Microbiol Infect

2019 Antimicrobials are among the most frequently prescribed drugs in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). Implementation of antimicrobial stewardship programmes (ASPs) is often challenging because of scarce data in this setting.

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Quadrivalent influenza vaccine: What is changed and what are the benefits?

Presse Med

2018 Currently, circulating viruses responsible for annual seasonal influenza epidemics belong to two influenza A subtypes, A(H1N1) and A(H3N2), and to two antigenically distinct type B lineages, B/Yamagata and B/Victoria lineages. Like diseases due to influenza A virus, influenza B virus diseases may have severe consequences and should be prevented.

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Efficacy of indefinite chronic oral antimicrobial suppression for prosthetic joint infection in the elderly: a comparative study

Int J Infect Dis

2017 During prosthetic joint infection (PJI), surgical management is sometimes impossible and indefinite chronic oral antimicrobial suppression (ICOAS) may be the only option. The outcomes of elderly patients who benefited from ICOAS with strictly palliative intent were evaluated.

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