Bernhard Resch

Medical University of Graz

Born in Graz, Austria, Prof. Resch received his medical degree at the Karl-Franzens-University Graz in 1988. Following post-doc studies at the Division of Neonatology, and the Department of Pediatric Surgery of the University Hospital Graz, he became consultant of Pediatrics in 1997 and consultant of Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine in 2000. Since 2004, he is Professor of Pediatrics and since 2008, Head of the Research Unit of Neonatal Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology of the Medical University Graz. Since 2012 he is Deputy Head of the Division of Neonatology of the Medical University of Graz. His main research fields include neonatal infectious diseases, RSV infection, periventricular leukomalacia of the preterm infant, the neonatal microbiome and the role of probiotics. He is a member and board member of several scientific societies including ESPID, past president of the Austrian Society of Perinatal Medicine, and member of the editorial board of several international journals including "BMC Infectious Diseases" and "Frontiers in Pediatrics"

3books edited

5chapters authored

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causes seasonal epidemics during the winter and wet seasons, particularly in young children. Although there is one drug available for prophylaxis, palivizumab, it is indicated for high-risk children only. Therefore a vaccine is urgently needed. This book provides an overview of RSV and discusses its incidence and presentation in different populations, including preterm infants and children with congenital heart disease. It also discusses future strategies for RSV prophylaxis and developments in and barriers to creating a viable vaccine.

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