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15 September 2016

Dear colleagues,

This is the last call for trainees to apply for candidacy for the steering committee of the Trainees Association of ESCMID. Please apply by 19 September 2016, noon, CET. Elections will take place in October 2016 for four positions, two in clinical microbiology and two in infectious diseases.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


ESCMID urges the UN to work towards setting binding targets and taking concrete action to effectively fight antimicrobial resistance

During the current UN General Assembly, a high-level meeting on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is scheduled on 21 September 2016. As one of the most experienced players in this specialized field, ESCMID urges the UN to focus on concrete outcomes from this high-level meeting. Measures to effectively fight AMR should include improving surveillance of resistance, regulation of the appropriate use of antimicrobial drugs in human medicine and animal farming, education and public campaigns on overuse as well as incentives and funding systems to promote the development of new medicines, new diagnostics and innovative interventions to improve antibiotic use and infection control. We look forward to the outcomes and strongly support the work of the WHO, FAO and the OIE.

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Antibiotic duration survey by ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) and Société de Pathologie Infectieuse de Langue Francaise (SPILF)

We aim to explore current practices regarding durations of antibiotic treatments in common infections, in order to get an international picture on the topic. The duration of antibiotic therapy is indeed not completely solved for many infectious syndromes. The survey is intended for senior or trainee specialists in infectious diseases or clinical microbiology, clinical pharmacists, or any healthcare professional part of an antimicrobial stewardship team worldwide, provided that these professionals regularly give advice on antibiotic prescriptions (outside their own department).
The questionnaire will take around 5-7 minutes and is strictly anonymous. Click here to go to the survey and complete before the end of November 2016.

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