ESCMID newsletter

May 2012

Dear Colleague,
In most part, the European spring is hardly showing its sunny side. Nevertheless ESCMID is keeping spirits up by presenting two of its most brilliant and recent initiatives, the Observerships and Collaborative centres, in a comprehensive video including interviews and direct students’ experiences. The ESCMID job platform has published three new job opportunities while a new Medical Guidelines Director has just taken on his new role at ESCMID. The CMI editor’s choice features the most recent studies’ findings concerning the emerging antibiotic resistance.

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ESCMID new Medical Guidelines Director

Roger Finch, former president of ESCMID, has taken over as ESCMID Guidelines Director. The ESCMID executive would like to thank outgoing Guidelines Director Erdal Akalin for the excellent foundation he has laid during his years in this position, and welcome Roger Finch to the role. During the autumn of 2012, Roger Finch will present his plans for ESCMID Medical Guidelines on the ESCMID website.


Highlights from the society's journal - CMI

Emergence of antibiotic resistance: need for a new paradigm

The CMI editor’s choice in May covers an everlasting topic for ESCMID, which is the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Explaining the causes implies the creation of a new paradigm as the increase and spread of antibiotic resistance becomes a major concern worldwide. Recent studies findings and conclusions about antibiotic resistance genes are reported in the interesting article. Read more

Next CMI issue highlights

June issue editorial:

  • The apes as reservoir of human pathogens, D.Raoult

June issue reviews:

  • Simian retroviruses in African apes, M. Peeters and E.Delaporte
  • Wild great apes as sentinels and sources of infectious disease, S. calvignac-Spencer, S. A. J. Leenderty, T.R. Gillepspie and F. H. Leendertz
  • Ape Plasmodium parasites as a source of human outbreaks, L. Duval and F. Ariey


Profession & Career

Watch the Observerships and Collaborative Centres video

Our ‘alumni’ observers talk about their extraordinary experience in the ESCMID Collaborative Centres ECCs which are clinical microbiology and/or infectious disease centres of excellence in Europe and beyond. Watch the video and don’t miss the opportunity to apply (link) for an observership, it’s your chance to learn about the latest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, to exchange knowledge and to build an international network.

April 2012, Berlin, Germany
Postdoctoral Researcher, Antimicrobial Resistance at Freie Universitaet Berlin

This is an ideal opportunity for an ambitious postdoctoral research fellow to work at the interface between bacterial resistance evolution, evolution of insect immunity and evolutionary applications. This project explores a novel approach to understanding why microbial resistance evolution against insect immune systems is rare and how this can inform antibiotic therapies. Read more

April 2012, Esplugues-Barcelona, Spain
Molecular Microbiologist at University Hospital Sant Joan de Deu

 The selected candidate will perform daily laboratory activities and research on pediatric infectious diseases. The research project will focus on Molecular Epidemiology of Vaccine Preventable Diseases with special focus on Streptococcus pneumonia. Special requirements are knowledge of biostatistics applied to life sciences research and biostatistic sofware tools (SPSS,EpiInfo). Read more


May 2012, Epalinges, Switzerland
Microbiology technicians at IHMA Europe

IHMA Europe is looking for a microbiology technician for our new laboratory in Epalinges, close to Lausanne, Switzerland. IHMA and its affiliates specialize in infectious diseases and offer the most comprehensive services available to companies developing and marketing antimicrobial agents. The successful candidate will perform various microbiology studies comprising the characterization of the activity of novel and marketed antimicrobial agents. Read more


EU news

New EU calls & other updates


FP7: Advance notice of sixth call for proposals 2012
Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)
IMI is a Joint Technology Initiative which is a new element of EU’s 7th Research Framwork Programme. IMI supports new public-private partnerships for a fast development of better medicines. Topic: Combating Antibiotic Resistance: NEWDRUGS4BADBUGS (ND4BB)

FP7: Health call 2013
Orientation Paper published

ECDC: open tender

Best regards,
Your ESCMID Communications Editors


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