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15 August 2017

Dear colleagues,

The abstract submission for the 4th Conference on Vaccines: New and old diseases in children and adults – unmet needs from 8 – 10 September 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia is still open until 28 August 2017.

The European Meningococcal and H. influenzae Disease Society (EMGM), one of ESCMID´s affiliated societies, has just published the scientific programme for its 14th meeting in Prague from 18 – 21 September.


Call for ESCMID Excellence, Young Investigator and TAE Awards

Nominations are accepted until 11 October 2017 at 12:00 noon CET for the Award for Excellence in recognition of an outstanding lifetime contribution to science, education or professional affairs in the field of infection as well as for the Young Investigator Award, which rewards outstanding research and stimulates further studies at the highest scientific level.  The TAE Award for Training Achievements, with the same nomination deadline, recognizes and rewards outstanding trainees in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. 

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CMI highlight: sustainable use of antibiotics through an economic lens

A recent review by Morel et al assessed the potential contribution of a health economic analysis to a sustainable use of antibiotics. The authors found incomplete and short-term economic considerations, underpinning current antibiotic strategies, which contribute to suboptimal use. In addition, the study stresses that current incentives driving antibiotic sales and inappropriate prescribing practices should be disentangled to make way for sustainable use policies. Payment structures can be used to re-align incentives and promote optimal prescribing and sustainable use in general. Specifically, eliminating or altering reimbursement differentials will help to steer clinical practice more deliberately towards the minimization of selection pressure and corresponding levels of antibiotic resistance. Overall, this work highlights the need for appropriately designed cost-effectiveness analyses, incentives analyses and novel remuneration systems to underpin sustainable use policies both within and beyond the health sector.

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University of Bradford seeks lecturer in microbiology

The full-time research position is based in Bradford, the United Kingdom. The lecturer would contribute to microbiology teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, conduct individual and/or collaborative research in the field of microbiology and participate in and develop, internal and external networks to build a research group in microbiology (including PGR students) and successfully generate substantial grant income for the research.

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Special hotel rate available for ASM/ESCMID AMR conference

ASM and ESCMID partner again in 2017 for the ASM/ESCMID Conference on Drug Development to Meet the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance. This conference showcases and explores a variety of topics treating antimicrobial resistance, from drug development to regulation practices. Join us and hear from your peers from around the globe in Boston, Massachusetts, 6 – 8 September at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. When you register for ASM/ESCMID 2017 it includes access to the complimentary Pre-Conference Workshop: Antibiotic Development Bootcamp on 5 September. A special hotel rate is available until today!

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