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14 March 2017

Dear colleagues,

The winners of the 2017 ESCMID Young Investigator Awards are Céline Pulcini, David Eyre and Mario Fernandez Ruiz. These researchers are honoured for their outstanding scientific achievements. They will receive their awards during the ESCMID Young Investigator Awards Session at ECCMID on 25 April 2017 from 11.30 – 12.30 in Hall K. During the session, they will give a presentation on the focus of their work. You may look at their short biographies on the ESCMID website.

Your ESCMID communications editors


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