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12 July 2016

Dear colleagues,

The Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) has issued a call for a new One Health project. Applications will be accepted between 4 October 2016 and 14 February 2017. A maximum of one project will be funded with a max contribution of EUR35M over 5 years to cover a maximum of 50% of the total costs of the project.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


Early-bird registration deadline for ESCMID-ASM conference is 22 July

Do not miss the chance to register at the early-bird registration fee until 22 July! The ESCMID-ASM conference on Drug Development to Meet the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance takes place in Vienna, Austria, from 21 - 23 September 2016. ESCMID, ASM, EMA, FDA and industry representatives have contributed to designing the scientific programme, which aims to outline problems and discuss solutions to help accelerate the development of new antimicrobials.

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CMI highlight: What’s wrong with trial design and how can we improve it?

Marc Bonten from the University Medical Center Utrecht published a comment outlining why he considers traditional randomized controlled trials (RCT) designs as suboptimal and inefficient to answer infectious disease questions. He concludes by proposing strategies to overcome the issues. To increase generalizability he suggests embedding trials in daily care practice and to immediately enrol all eligible patients. He also stresses the importance of using fully anonymized outcome data and establishing sufficient power for pre-defined subgroup analyses. Finally Professor Bonten suggests repeating analyses throughout the study and allowing for adaptive randomization to avoid statistically significant beneficial effects being hidden in a subgroup.

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RCSI in Ireland opening for academic lead microbiology in Malaysia

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has an opening for an academic lead microbiology who will explore possibilities for research and extending clinical partnerships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The principal objective of the post is to lead and participate in the development, direction, teaching, facilitation and examining of the undergraduate medical teaching programmes at Perdana University RCSI (PU-RCSI) in Microbiology.

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