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15 May 2018
WEEKLY NEWS

Dear colleagues,

We have reopened the platform for ESCMID members to apply for one of its funded observership visits. Donīt forget to pay attention to the updated criteria and ensure you have all the necessary documents to send with your application. You can click on this link to apply. You may also apply for unfunded observerships.

Applications for the ECDC observership are also still open. View the criteria and apply by 30 May at this link.

Your ESCMID communications editors

 

ESCMID seeks programme director for its annual congress

ESCMID is seeking applications from qualified candidates for the position of Programme Director for its annual European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) starting 2020 or 2021 – after at least a one-year transition period as deputy. He or she will then be responsible for identifying the main topics, selecting the speakers and chairpersons and evaluating submitted proposals and abstracts to develop an attractive scientific programme. The programme director will manage and coordinate the ECCMID Programme Committee and liaise with the ESCMID Executive Committee, subcommittees and study groups.

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Mario Poljak wins prestigious PASCV career achievement award

ESCMID Immediate Past President & Publication Officer Mario Poljak received a prestigious career achievement award from the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (PASCV). The PASCV Diagnostic Virology Award acknowledges an individual whose contributions to viral diagnosis have had a major impact on the discipline. He received the award on 7 May at the 34th Clinical Virology Symposium, which was co-organized by PASCV and American Society of Microbiology (ASM). The other laureate was Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), who won this year’s PASCV Clinical Virology Award. Congratulations!

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CMI highlight: predictive model for prosthetic joint infection

Del Toro et al developed and validated baseline, perioperative and at-discharge risk-scoring systems for postsurgical prosthetic joint infection (PJI) in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty and revision arthroplasty. The models included scores for hip arthroplasty (THA), revision arthroplasty (RA), obesity, nosocomial infection surveillance, significant wound bleeding, and superficial surgical site infection. The simple scores for predicting PJI at three different moments of care in patients undergoing arthroplasty allow early and accurate identification of high-risk individuals in whom enhanced preventive measures and follow-up may be needed, the researchers concluded.

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ESGAP, EVASG initiate survey on shortages of antimicrobials and vaccines

Antimicrobial and vaccine shortages have been increasingly reported both in the U.S. and in Europe, and are probably going to become more and more common. ESCMID’s study groups for antimicrobial stewardship ESGAP and vaccines EVASG are conducting a survey to assess the impact of antimicrobial and vaccine shortages on physicians’ practice. You are encouraged to participate in the survey and to spread this invitation among hospital and community-based specialists. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The study groups plan to present the results at ECCMID 2019 and use them to provide guidance on antimicrobial and vaccine shortage management. Country-specific data will be provided to interested researchers. 

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