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10 October 2017

Dear colleagues,

ESCMID created a new study group for public health microbiology. The Executive Committee approved the new study group named ESCMID Study Group for Public Health Microbiology (ESGPHM), you can find more information on their website at www.escmid.org/esgphm.

Due to conflicting commitments and other personal reasons, Giuseppe Cornaglia has resigned from his position as ESCMID International Affairs Director. We thank him for his many years of work for ESCMID and wish him all the best for the future.


The registration for ECCMID from 21 – 24 April in Madrid is open

The registration for ECCMID which takes place from 21 – 24 April 2018 in Madrid, Spain, is now open. An early-bird registration fee is available until 25 January 2018, by which date you will also know, if the abstracts you have submitted have been accepted. We currently have more than 200 confirmed speakers, and the ECCMID Programme Committee is working on the schedule of the invited programme, which once again promises to feature top-notch keynote lectures, sessions and symposia complementing the abstract presentations.

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CMI highlight: routine screening for ESBL-E in low-incidence ICUs

The usefulness of screening for carriage of ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) with active surveillance cultures (ASC) remains equivocal in low-endemicity ICUs. Researchers from France aimed to assess the impact of ceasing ASC on the incidence of ICU-acquired ESBL-E infections in an ICU with universal contact precautions (CP). The results showed that in a low-endemicity ICU with universal CP, the withdrawal of routine screening for ESBL-E carriage had no significant effect on the incidence of ICU-acquired ESBL-E infections and patient outcomes, the researchers concluded. Patient outcomes and carbapenem consumption were also investigated. They found that carbapenem consumption decreased in patients without ESBL-E infection.

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Parity Commission asks for information on mobility of CM/ID specialists

ESCMID’s Parity Commission needs your help to collect information on how mobility involves clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases specialists and to identify possible inequality mechanisms expatriate professionals are exposed to. The commission would like to interview specialists who have in the past been or are currently working in another European country. Thousands of physicians leave their home country to work abroad each year, and around 150,000 foreign trained doctors are presently working in Europe. In some countries, the share of foreign health professionals within the health workforce is currently up to 37%. “Despite university 'welcome centres' and a common European cultural background, mobility across countries to advance one's career is an often underestimated challenge. Proactive measures are needed to counterbalance potentially discriminating and isolating peer behaviours”, a specialist has said.

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WGS course for CM and hospital epidemiology in Freiburg 10 – 13 October

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has developed rapidly during the last years. Innovative bench-top NGS platforms broaden application opportunities, especially for diagnostic use, epidemiological inference, and surveillance. The programme highlights opportunities and challenges posed by this technology. The workshop has been designed to boost practical knowledge exchange (with respect to both “wet-lab” and “e-lab”) as well as ample discussions with colleagues from all over Europe.

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Dr Souha Kanj awarded prestigious Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers

ESCMID’s long-time supporter and current member of the Scientific Affairs Subcommittee, Dr Souha Kanj has been presented with the prestigious Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers.

The annual award, which is now in its 35th year, recognises outstanding Arab men and women conducting scientific research in order to encourage young researchers. Dr Kanj was chosen as the winner from 150 excellent nominees in the medial and health sciences category.

ESCMID are very proud to have Dr Kanj as a prominent member of our society and we hope you will join us in congratulating her on achieving this prestigious award and wishing her continued success in her career.

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ASM-ESCMID conference on AMR in Boston

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and ESCMID organized a multidisciplinary meeting to address the challenges, opportunities and current requirements for antimicrobial drug development to tackle antimicrobial drug resistance. The presentations from the conference are available in ESCMID’s eLibrary now.

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