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16 August 2016

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Register now for the ESCMID-ASM drug development conference

ESCMID and the American Society for Microbiology are jointly organizing a conference in Vienna, Austria, from 21 – 23 September 2016 to help researchers accelerate the development of new antimicrobials for drug-resistant infections. The conference will address issues such as the reliance on very robust preclinical studies, innovative clinical trial design, strong academic-industrial partnerships, and a requirement for early engagement with regulatory bodies in order to facilitate the processes for accelerated antimicrobial development.

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CMI highlight: Pros and cons of circumcision – an evidence-based overview

Researchers at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, assessed the pros and cons of circumcision. Adult circumcision decreases the rate of HIV acquisition among men in settings with a high incidence of HIV and therefore indirectly reduces women’s risk of exposure. Deciding whether to perform the procedure is easier for people residing in areas with high prevalence of STIs, including HIV, and for those who choose to be circumcised or have their children circumcised on religious, social, or cultural grounds. For many others, a definite pro or con recommendation, based on a risk-benefit ratio, cannot be made. 

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Results of ESCMID survey on staffing for ID, CM and IC in hospitals

ESCMID researchers conducted a survey – supported by the study groups ESGAP, ESGIE and ESGNI – to assess the current status of infectious diseases (ID), clinical microbiology (CM) and infection control (IC) staffing in hospitals. They found that currently no standard of physician staffing for ID/CM/IC in hospitals is available. More than half of respondents estimated that additional staffing is needed for appropriate IC or ID management. The researchers conclude that a ratio of 1.21/100 beds will serve as an informed point of reference enabling antibiotic stewardship programmes and infection surveillance.

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