ESCMID newsletter

September 2013

Dear Colleague,
With the end of summer comes a buzz of activity from the Society. We are pleased to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for ECCMID 2014 and that the scientific programme is online! This month our respective Study Group asks all those working with critically-ill patients to fill out a survey on salvage treatment for infections in the critically ill. Please be reminded that applications and nominations are still being accepted for research grants and our awards. This issue includes an ESCMID statement on infection control, which will be followed by numerous initiatives. We would also like to draw your attention to our many exciting upcoming events such the Joint ESCMID/ECDC/IFIC symposium - MDR Gram negatives: the real Armageddon on 15 March 2014 and the ESCMID Conference on Reviving Old Antibiotics on 22-24 October 2014. And finally, the October issue of CMI features articles on the big three killers.

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The Society

Infection control and preventive measures: an ESCMID priority

After presenting in Berlin the first European Guidelines on infection control to reduce the spreading of multidrug-resistant bacteria in hospitalised patients, ESCMID is going to further potentiate its involvement in infection control. A new ESCMID Committee for Infection Control is now on the way of being organised. Major goals will be: to harmonise infection control and preventive measures in all European countries and reduce morbidity and mortality related to HAI. Development of new educational tools as well as specific guidelines and expert opinion with “real life” applicability documents are a major focus. Research will be coordinated through dedicated networking.

Society soliciting nominations for Excellence and Young Investigator Awards

We celebrate the efforts of those who work to advance the fields of CM and ID through our awards programme. The Excellence Award is the highest honour given by ESCMID and is awarded to an individual who has made great contributions to the fields of CM/ID. The Young Investigator Awards recognizes the achievements of up to two persons under 40 years of age. Submission deadline: 12 November 2013. about Excellence Award; about Young Investigator Award

Apply by 12 November for TAE Award for Training Achievements!

If you are still in specialty training and 35 years-of-age or younger, consider applying! The award includes free registration for any ESCMID 2014 educational activity up to a maximum value of EUR 1'000. Remaining funds may be used for a journal subscription. Additionally up to EUR 500 will be reimbursed for travel expenses to the educational event.


ESCMID events

ECCMID 2014 abstract submission is open and the programme is now online!

Submit your abstract online until 10 December. While on our website, don't forget to look at the preliminary scientific programme. A diverse team of 31 experts from 16 different countries in the field has worked diligently to put together an excellent mix of talks and sessions with something for everyone.


MDR Gram negatives: the real Armageddon

During the 2014 International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC) Congress the joint ESCMID/ECDC/IFIC symposium will cover the following relevant topics on 15 March 2014:

  • Priorities in the prevention and control of multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in hospitals
  • Epidemiology of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in Europe, including cross-border issues
  • European guidelines to control MDR Gram-negative bacteria in hospitalised patients

Reserve 22-24 October 2014 for the ESCMID Conference on Reviving Old Antibiotics!

Experts will present and summarise currently available knowledge regarding optimised clinical use of off-patent antibiotics and will discuss gaps of knowledge and future areas of research as well as adapting breakpoints, enriching treatment guidelines, and implications for regulatory issues. The main conference aim is to drive the optimised usage of old antibiotics, especially indications and dosage regimens, as a key contribution to preserving the efficacy of these essential drugs in an era of escalating multi-drug resistance.


Scientific Affairs

Less than a month left to apply for a 2014 Research Grant 2014!

Apply now!! You can receive up to EUR 20'000 to pursue groundbreaking research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. Deadline: 22 October 2013, 12.00 CET.


Professional Affairs

Two positions open at the Moredun Research Institute, UK

See our website for more information about the following positions.

  • Virologist
  • Population Biologist

Test yourself, CM/ID trainees! Full quiz now online!

After the successful completion of the pilot edition in 2012, the Trainees Association of ESCMID is back with a full online quiz! In view of a future European curriculum and ultimately a Pan-European exam, test your knowledge with an online educational quiz in European exam style. There are three difficulty levels for trainees at all stages of training.


ESCMID journals

CMI – October themed section

The return of the big three killers, editorial, P. Parola

The re-emergence of tuberculosis: what have we learnt from molecular epidemiology?
MW Borgdorff, D van Soolingen; The changes in mosquito vector behaviour and the emerging resistance to insecticides will challenge the decline of malaria C Sokhna, MO Ndiath, C Rogier; Fighting drug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum: the challenge of artemisinin resistance C Wongsrichanalai, CH Sibley; The emerging and re-emerging human immunodeficiency virus epidemics in Europe I Bozicevic, S Handanagic, SZ Lepej, J Begovac

Call for submissions for new ESCMID journal

ESCMID and Wiley Blackwell are delighted to announce the launch of New Microbes and New Infections. NMNI is an Open Access journal with a focus on new genomes, new microbes, and new technology applied to the diagnosis of infectious and tropical diseases.


Best regards,
Your ESCMID Communications Editors


What's up at ESCMID

22 - 25 September 2013
Brussels, Belgium
ESCMID-SHEA Training Course
ESCMID-SHEA Training Course in Hospital Epidemiology

29 September – 3 October 2013
Bertinoro, Italy
ESCMID Postgraduate Course
Infectious Diseases in Pregnant Women, Fetuses and Newborns

16 November 2013
Tübingen, Germany
ESCMID Symposium
Antibiotic Awareness, quality prescribing & infection control in clinical practice

20 - 22 November 2013
Barcelona, Spain
ESCMID Conference on Escherichia coli: An Old Friend with New Tidings

28 February - 1 March 2014
Istanbul, Turkey
Postgraduate Education Course
Viral Hepatitis: Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment

5 - 7 March 2014
Maastricht, The Netherlands
Postgraduate Education Course
Principles of Molecular Microbiological Diagnostics

17 - 19 March 2014
Marseille, France
Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Practical Diagnosis of Arthropod-Borne Infections

27 - 28 March 2014
Seville, Spain
Postgraduate Education Course
Bloodstream Infections: Management and Research

2 - 5 April 2014
Erice, Italy
Postgraduate Education Course
Infections by Legionella: Surveillance, Prevention and Control

25 - 26 April 2014
São Paulo, Brazil
Postgraduate Education Course
Educational Programme on Transplant Infectious Diseases

8 - 10 May 2014
Barcelona, Spain
Postgraduate Education Course
Antimicrobial Stewardship Programmes: Developing, Implementing & Measuring

10 - 13 May 2014
Barcelona, Spain
24th ECCMID 2014

5 - 6 June 2014
Ljubljana, Slovenia
3rd ESCMID Workshop on Professional Affairs in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

27 - 28 June 2014
Tübingen, Germany
Postgraduate Education Course
How to Design and Perform your Clinical Studies in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology

30 June - 4 July 2014
Lyon, France
Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Molecular Typing Methods for Pathogens

5 – 12 July 2014
Sigtuna, Sweden
13th ESCMID Summer School

4 - 6 July 2014
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Postgraduate Education Course
Bringing PK and PD in Fungal Infections into the Clinic

16 - 18 September 2014
Linz, Austria

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
3rd Workshop on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing and Surveillance

22 - 24 September 2014
Izmir, Turkey

ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course
Infectious Diseases in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Current Challenges

29 September - 1 October 2014
Groningen, The Netherlands

ESCMID Postgradutate Technical Workshop
Anaerobic Bacteria: Next Generation Technology Meets Anaerobic Diagnostics

2 - 3 October 2014
Annecy, France
Postgraduate Education Course
Infection Management in the Elderly: A Wide Room for Improvement

6 - 8 October 2014
Liverpool, United Kingdom

ESCMID Postgraduate Technical Workshop
Advanced Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Modelling and Simulation

16 - 17 October 2014
Dubrovnik, Croatia

ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course
Mobility and Infection: Diagnosis and Management

22 - 24 October 2014
Vienna, Austria
ESCMID Conference
ESCMID Conference on Reviving Old Antibiotics

More ESCMID events

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