15 Sept 2015

Dear Colleagues,

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EUCIC supports first European BSAC online course on antimicrobial stewardship

EUCIC supports the first European Massive Open Online Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship, which will start 28 September 2015 with the goal of raising the awareness of antimicrobial resistance and stewardship throughout the global medical community. Developed by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) and the University of Dundee, this landmark course is the first free online course available to all learners across the globe. The six-week course is designed to facilitate and empower healthcare professionals to provide safe, high-quality antibiotic use by understanding what antimicrobial stewardship is and how it can be applied in everyday practice.

First Prize of 2015 BMA Medical Book Awards for book on emerging infections

We would like to congratulate Onder Ergönül, Füsun Can, Larry Madoff and ESCMID President Murat Akova on winning the First Prize of 2015 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book Awards in Public Health with their book titled Emerging Infectious Diseases: Clinical Case Studies. The book is an easy-to-use, extraordinarily informative text that belongs on every clinician’s shelf, Clinical Infectious Diseases wrote in a recent review. “A collaborative effort among scientists, clinicians, and public health workers is needed to combat emerging infections. This text was written for clinicians, with the content reflecting interdisciplinary perspectives. It elegantly synthesizes the clinical, microbiologic, and epidemiologic information that is critical for patient diagnosis and for recognizing and mitigating outbreaks.” (Clinical Infectious Diseases, August 1, 2015).

Deadline approaching for nominations for the ESCMID Excellence Award, Young Investigator Award

You have until 10 November 2015, 12.00 CET to nominate researchers for the ESCMID Excellence Award in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases as well as the Young Investigator Award for Research in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. The Excellence Award recognizes an outstanding lifetime contribution to science, education or professional affairs in the field of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases, while the Young Investigator Award rewards outstanding research and stimulates further studies at the highest scientific level. 

The grant deadline is approaching for diagnostics course in Beijing

You have until 18 September to apply for a grant for the Microbiology for Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases: ABC and XYZ, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course in Beijing. The objective of the course is to review the basic methodology in bacteriology, virology, fungal infections and parasitology with a focus on the newest technologies illustrated by clinical cases. Participants will also discuss the validation of diagnostic tests including definition of cut-offs and external quality control programmes.

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