Ann Versporten was in charge of the last two year of ESAC (European Surveillance of Antimicrobial Consumption) data management until 2011, after which the database was transferred to ECDC and now continues as ESAC-Net. She was responsible for the data management of 2 other European projects, the appropriateness of prescribing antibiotics in primary health care in Europe with respect to antibiotic resistance (APRES) and the Antibiotic Resistance and Prescribing in European Children (ARPEC) project; the latter continued as GARPEC. She was further in charge of the coordination and data management of antimicrobial consumption within 14 non-EU countries of the WHO European region in close collaboration with the WHO/EU; after which the database was transferred to and the project continued under the lead of the WHO

She's currently coordinating the Global Point Prevalence Survey on Antimicrobial Use (AMU) and Resistance (www.Global-PPS.com). The Global-PPS was first conducted worldwide in 2015. A strong global network of hospitals has meanwhile been established whereby participants collect and submit inpatient AMU and resistance data using a simple and freely available web-based tool. It provides participants with quantifiable measures to assess and compare the quantity and quality of antimicrobial prescribing and resistance in the hospital. Results are used locally and nationally by e.g. Ministries of Public Health to identify problem areas and introduce tailor-made interventions that aim at improving antimicrobial prescribing practices. 

Ann aims for sustainable and reproducible epidemiologic research as a fundamental mechanism to generate scientific evidence to inform health-care workers and policy makers. That is also why collaboration and data sharing are of paramount importance.

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