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14 February 2017

Dear colleagues,

The submission of late-breaking abstracts for ECCMID starts tomorrow: 15 February and runs until 1 March 2017. Please follow the abstract guidelines for the late breakers.

Check out an interesting opening for the Lead Clinician for Pre-travel Medicine at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases of the University College London Hospital & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Your ESCMID communications editors


Sepsis expert Thierry Calanda receives the 2017 Excellence Award

Thierry Calandra, professor of medicine and head of the Infectious Diseases Service at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the winner of the 2017 ESCMID Excellence Award. The prize recognizes and rewards an outstanding lifetime contribution in clinical microbiology and/or infectious diseases. Calandra’s research interests include innate immunity, sepsis and bacterial and fungal infections in critically ill and ICU patients as well as immunocompromised hosts. Calandra will hold his keynote lecture Sepsis: making progress, but not yet there! at ECCMID 2017 on Sunday, 23 April 2017 at 14:30.

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CMI highlight: PID screening recommended in young adults after bacterial infection

Researchers from France evaluated if screening for primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) should be performed after the first invasive infection in young adults. In adults screening is recommended after two severe bacterial infections. The researchers included patients who had experienced an invasive infection with encapsulated bacteria commonly encountered in PIDs such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Haemophilus influenzae or group A Streptococcus. About one in five was diagnosed with PID. The researchers conclude that PID screening should be considered after a first unexplained invasive encapsulated bacterial infection in young adults.

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Registration deadline 20 February for arbovirus course in Zagreb

The course on the identification and management of arbovirus infections takes place from 29 – 31 March in Zagreb. The course is part of PREPARE, an EU-funded partnership aimed at strengthening European preparedness for (re-) emerging infectious disease outbreaks. Course topics will include a review of arboviruses of clinical importance to Europe, including endemic and travel imported viruses. The course will be delivered by a range of European experts on arboviruses, through a dynamic mix of presentations, case scenarios and outbreak exercises. The registration deadline for the course is 20 February 2017.

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