Who we are

University Medical Centre Ljubljana (UMCL, Univerzitetni klini─Źni center Ljubljana) is the largest healthcare institution in Slovenia and is ranked among the largest hospital centres in Central Europe. It is closely associated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ljubljana, the largest academic institution in Slovenia, as well as other medical schools.

In addition to providing excellent secondary and tertiary health care, UMCL performs intensive research activities within all major branches of medicine and conducts several educational programmes including undergraduate and postgraduate education for all medical profiles.

The Department of Infectious Diseases is a key component of UMCL that actively participates in the management of patients as well as in education and research. The department has approximately 22,000 emergency department visits (7,500 children and 14,500 adults) and 9,300 admissions (4,300 children and 5,000 adults); the majority of them being patients with febrile illnesses.

The Department is well recognised for its research in infectious diseases and comprises one of the leading European groups for clinical research of tick-borne diseases including tick-borne encephalitis, Lyme borreliosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis.

Our role in DIAMONDS

UMCL will participate in WP1 with commitment to enrol both paediatric and adult patients with relevant clinical conditions, with a particular focus on patients with tick-borne diseases that are endemic in Slovenia.

Our service

The Department of Infectious Diseases has 72 adult and 25 paediatric beds as well as a 10-bed adult ICU, primarily dedicated to the care of patients with severe infectious diseases. There are 9 paediatric specialists and 35 adult infectious disease specialists, plus 16 residents working at the Department.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 848196